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Liberation Suare After the disastrous failure of D Day Britain is occupied by Nazi Germany and only rescued by Russian soldiers arriving from the east and Americans from the west The two superpowers divide the nation between them a wall running through London like a scarOn the Soviet side of the wall Jane Cawson calls into her husband's medical practice hoping to surprise him But instead she detects the perfume worn by his former wife Lorelei star of propaganda films for the new Marxist regimeJane rushes to confront them but soon finds herself caught up in the glamorous actress's deathHer husband Nick is arrested for murder Desperate to clear his name Jane must risk the attention of the brutal secret police as she follows a trail of corruption right to the highest levels of the stateAnd she might find she never really knew her husband at all

  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • Liberation Suare
  • Gareth Rubin
  • English
  • 28 June 2016
  • 9780718187095

About the Author: Gareth Rubin

Gareth Rubin is a British journalist and author His journalism covers social affairs travel architecture arts and health His novel Liberation Suare is a mystery thriller set in Soviet occupied LondonIn 2013 he directed a documentary Images of Bedlam about the connection between art and mental illness and how art can help people express that which they cannot put into words It was filmed



10 thoughts on “Liberation Suare

  1. Whispering Stories Whispering Stories says:

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on wwwwhisperingstoriescomThe year is 1952 and World War Two ended seven years ago but not how we remember it In Liberation Suare the British lost the war and now the UK has been split into two sections the Democratic United Kingdom lead by the Americans and Republic of Great Britain which is run by the Russian all that separates the two areas is a huge war guarded by armed soldiersJane Cawson and her new husband Nick a doctor have been married for just six months Jane is a teacher currently out of work One afternoon Jane comes down with a migraine and goes to her husband’s doctors surgery to see him When she arrives she is informed that he left to go for a walk about an hour ago and they don’t know when he will be backJane decides to wait for him and enters his office where she discovers a pile of letters one is scented and she is certain that the smell is that of her husband’s ex wife actress Lorelei Convinced that her new husband is having an affair with his ex wife Jane goes to Lorelei’s house to confront them However when she arrives Lorelei is in the bath dead Jane goes for help and the police and her husband soon arrive at the sceneAfter some uestioning the police let her go but not before she sees her husband being arrested for Lorelei’s murder Convinced he is innocent Jane and a British officer Sergeant Frank Tibbot work together to discover what really happened to Lorelei and try to clear Nicks name but Jane might just discover that her new husband isn’t exactly who he says he isThis is the second book that I have read this year which is set in an alternative history after World War Two Alternative histories are uite popular at the moment and I can see whyThe book had me engrossed in the plot from the opening scene The UK is split into two sections Democratic United Kingdom and Republic of Great Britain both areas divided by a high wall protected by soldiers reminded me of a certain president’s plans A handy map at the front of the book shows you exactly where that divide is just below Oxford There is also a map showing you the centre of London as it stands now – or in 1952 when the book is setWhat is truly frighting about the book is how realistic it is and how the UK could of very much ended up as it is within the pages It also has you uestioning how well you can actually ever know a personThere is great chemistry between the characters which radiates off the pages The book is exciting and draws you into the events and has you eagerly waiting for the pieces to unfold and the plot to reveal what really happened to LoreleiThe book is filled with rich secrets at times I found myself rushing through the pages needing to know The story has been very cleverly written and is a complete mixture of genres thrown into one From crime to thriller mystery to historical fiction and even espionage too It is incredible that this is Gareth Rubin’s debut novel as the writing is spot on and the plot is flawless

  2. Susan Susan says:

    I have always enjoyed alternative histories and this is something a little unusual There are lots of novels where the Germans won the Second World War but this book takes things in a slightly different direction Imagine the Germans won and were then overthrown by the Russians leaving a wall which goes right through London and splits the country in two To the North the Americans look down on a battered war torn city which is slowly re building itself To the South the Russian occupy the landPart of this country is recognisable while other sections are different It is 1952 and those in power include Anthony Blunt and Guy Burgess while Teddy Boys lurk outside milk bars rationing as it was despite actually winning the war was very much in place the Royal Family are in Scotland and George Orwell was re educated after a book set on a farm but is at least still alive Into this city we meet Jane Cawson married to a doctor Nick for just six months She is concerned with personal matters than political ones believing her husband is having an affair with his ex wife actress Lorelei the beautiful star of propaganda films When her husband is missing from the office she fears he is with her and storms around to her house only to find her dead This leads to Nick being accused of the murder and Jane along with British policeman Sergeant Frank Tibbot investigating the crime This is something between a crime and a spy novel with Jane investigating a world which is full of lies and secrets It has an interesting premise and the author has created a believable alternative scenario I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for review

  3. Cold War Conversations Podcast Cold War Conversations Podcast says:

    Entertaining alternative Cold War history thrillerGareth Rubin has come up with a fascinating alternative universe where a Nazi occupied UK is liberated by Soviet Russia and the USA and subseuently divided by the two superpowers in a mirror of East West Germany and East West BerlinThe action focuses on a London in the early 1950s divided by a wall on which Checkpoint Charlie is on Oxford Street and the Wall divides Trafalgar Suare much like Potsdamer Platz ion BerlinRubin uses known personalities of the period to further create an alternative history where the Cambridge Five are holding powerful government positions and Orwell has been sent off for re educationThe plot centres around Jane Cawson who suspects her husband of still having a relationship with his former wife Lorelei star of propaganda films for the new Marxist regimeAs you can imagine all is not what it seems and what follows is an entertaining read as she follows a trail of corruption right to the highest levels of the stateThe book moves along at uite a pace with the well observed historical details twisted to make them recognisable but disturbing at the same timeI enjoyed this entertaining thriller with an alternative history that begs for explorationI received a review copy of this book from the publisher but was not reuired to write a positive review

  4. Lou Lou says:

    Having recently read up on WWII and the roles the Germans Americans and Soviets as well as others played in it this was the perfect if terrifying follow up It is a work of alternative history genius and it's intriguing and uite frightening to read such an intense book based on what could have been What makes it frightful is that Stalin and Hitler have been shown to have at the least respected each other's positions probably because psychopaths tend to recognise their fellow kindThis piece of highly original speculative fiction tells of the takeover of British shores by Nazi Germany before the Soviets and Americans invade and split the country in two with the addition of a partition wall much like the Berlin wall You can tell almost instantaneously that the author knows his onions when it comes to WWII and he fills the story full of spies intrigue political upheaval corruption treachery duplicity secrets lies constant security threats and a whole host of other themes It is a thrilling gripping intelligent and all too plausible historical mysteryLiberation Suare is well written and impeccably paced with twists and turns aplenty and I feel this could be enjoyed by a wide range of people but especially those who appreciate murder mysteries speculative fictionalternative histories espionage Historical fiction aficionados will also find much to admire here as the period detail is very accurately portrayed It beggars belief that this is Mr Rubin's debut I look forward to reading from him in the futureMany thanks to Michael Joseph for an ARC

  5. Roman Clodia Roman Clodia says:

    This book has a fascinating 'what if' alternative history background the UK was occupied by Nazi Germany then liberated by Soviet Russia helped by the Americans and was divided by the two superpowers by a wall re positioning the Iron Curtain across the UK Rubin handles this part of his book very well working out the implications and peopling this alt universe with likely candidates Blunt Philby and Burgess all have powerful government positions George Orwell surely his friends wouldn't have called him by his pen name? is 're educated' after writing his Animal FarmSadly the plot in the foreground is less satisfying It's hard to believe that a grieving wife and a local policeman should a trust each other from the outset given the political environment and b manage to find out what they do while evading the euivalent of the KGB Some of their dead ends are just silly the codes that they think are Dewey library numbers anyone familiar in the slightest with this system knows they're not immediately And the final revelations are underwhelming But I'm being picky as an entertaining switch off thriller this works fine It's just that perhaps could have been done with the interesting background

  6. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I have read alternate historical fiction before but never one as convincing or a fascinating as this It takes place in London in 1952 It isn’t the London that I normally read about there is a wall through the middle that separates the Soviet side from the rest of England I spent some time looking at the map comparing it to the London that I am aware of The Royal family and Churchill are in the North Jane lives on the Soviet side with her doctor husband Nick When Nick’s first wife Lorelei is found dead and Nick is arrested Jane is determined to help But fear of the security services his unfriendly secretary and a feeling of being spied on by neighbours makes it very difficult Whilst she doesn’t give up she also finds out than she thought she would Things that suggest she has never really known himThe murder investigation is an interesting one and even though I really wanted to know if Nick was guilty or innocent the captivating part of the novel for me was how people had to live their lives How propaganda was used how people were judged by which radios stations they listened to and the fact that they could be reported for listening to the wrong one The rations the teddy boys a feeling of not being able to trust anybody National Security and most of all the fear of anyone with power

  7. James James says:

    A really clever premise is ruined by a really twittish plot It’s 1952 and the Russians occupy Britain with London replacing Berlin as a divided city A woman is on the chase of her husband whom she suspects of having an affair with a movie star It all unfolds from there with a nod or two to the Third Man

  8. Eva Eva says:

    Well here is a frightening scenarioThe year is 1952 The setting is London But not the London we all know D Day was an enormous failure and the war was lost The United Kingdom has been divided in two with a wall running through London Jane and her husband Nick live in the Republic under Russian control Jane suspects her husband of having an affair with his first wife Lorelei When Jane decides to confront them she finds Lorelei dead in the bathtub and soon husband Nick is arrested by the National Secret Service But all is not what it seemsJane is just your average woman who suddenly finds herself in the middle of extraordinary circumstances Not only is goodness knows what happening to her husband while he’s being held but she also suddenly finds herself responsible for his daughter from his previous marriage Desperate to find evidence that will help free her husband she soon ends up in situations she is wholly unprepared forLife is not a bed of roses on this side of the wall Corruption is rife and the things that have been promised do not come to fruition Danger lurks around every corner People are arrested and disappear You can’t even trust your neighbours who seem to be watching your every move ready to inform the authorities Some try to escape making desperate attempts to reach the other side of the wall Most failThe cover of this book is black and white with some red highlights standing out and that’s exactly how I saw things in my head while reading At its heart Liberation Suare is a murder mystery and I felt it had a bit of a noir vibe to it As Jane digs deeper trying to figure out who was responsible for Lorelei’s death she uncovers a multitude of secrets and is left to wonder if she knows her husband at all With so much deceit going on everywhere I ended up being suspicious of just about everyone and had a hard time imagining living my life like that ScaryWith a fascinating and original premise Liberation Suare turned into uite the surprising read for me I say that because dystopian stories don’t always hit the right spot with me but this one most definitely did Having the added bonus of a murder mystery and a bit of a spy thriller touch to it made this an enjoyable atmospheric and gripping story One that had me guessing until the end and in awe of the utterly believable alternative scenario

  9. S. D. Howarth S. D. Howarth says:

    I had this one recommended and in terms of alternate histories it seemed a neat and somewhat different concept Elegant prose and a very easy read allowed me to get through it at a nippy pace In all it was uite an interesting tale and my hunch about the killer was half rightThe only detraction I had was while the imagery and setting was vivid I didn’t especially engage with the main characters and their backstory what it was was a bit light for meI liked the concept and even if D day went pear shaped I’m struggling to imagine a western expansion by German forces even with an increase in V weapons Air and Sea is a fraction of the earlier potency and Armies exist in Southern France Italy and the Far East I could see a stand off for some time until the Red Army arrives and the USA nukes Japan into a crater As with Germany what invasion fleet has Russia available to emulate a 1940 Seelion?Liberation Suare certainly provokes the mind and could be a wargamers delight if it transferred mediums

  10. Benjamin Stahl Benjamin Stahl says:

    A fairly intriguing alternate history thriller in which Britain lost WWII to Germany only then to be liberated by Soviet Russia For a new author Gareth Rubin does a surprisingly good job at evoking the Orwellian atmosphere of a communist England The thriller aspects were a bit hit and miss I felt there could have been action and espionage less to do with Jane and her husband Jane was a bit of a boring protagonist But overall the serviceable characters work well enough for this story to move along

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