One could spend happy hours mentally chewing over the details of Rubin’s “Republic of Great Britain”, and deciding whether or not it improves on reality. (George Orwell has been saved from terminal illness – hooray! – but only after being interned in a “re-education camp” – boo!) However, his ingenuity knows its place, and he gives the knotty plot room to breathe. This is far more than an intellectual exercise – it is a gripping story, with heart.
The Daily Telegraph
Tightly plotted, tense and set in a chillingly plausible world.
A richly imagined thriller set in an alternate past.
A gripping and well-imagined yarn.
It all makes for a good read based on the question: What if Britain had lost the War?
Australian Women's Weekly
Rubin constructs a tantalising alternative world with 1950s Britain riven apart by its own version of the Berlin Wall – and all because the D-Day landings failed. Against this dystopian nightmare, the author overlays a murder mystery that’s sure to appeal to fans of SS-GB, The Man in the High Castle, and Fatherland.
David Young, CWA Dagger-winning author of Stasi Child
A gripping murder mystery set in an alternative 1950s Britain. Rubin’s London, split between American and Soviet zones after a disastrous World War Two, is vividly realised and his story is elegantly constructed. One not to miss.
WC Ryan, author of The Holy Thief and The Constant Soldier
A twisting murder mystery combined with a chillingly plausible alternative history of a divided Cold War London. Brilliant.
Mason Cross, bestselling author of The Samaritan
Reviews of Liberation Square
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 scar.
Liberation Square is published by Penguin/Michael Joseph
Read the opening chapter
How do you create a dystopian world where the Soviets control every hour of our lives?
The Winter Agent
February 1944. In London, Washington and Berlin, everyone knows the Allied invasion of Europe is coming. Marc Reece, a French-American agent living undercover in Paris for Britain’s Special Operations Executive, discovers that Germany has a new weapon: a spy highly placed within Britain’s intelligence services who is about to mount an operation that will destroy D-Day from within.
Reece is given a vital mission: locate and recover an SS intelligence file that could unmask the spy and prevent Germany turning the tide of the War. To do so, he must evade the Gestapo major, Sturmbannfuhrer Klaussmann, who is pursuing him with ruthless efficiency.
But, just as Reece gets his hands on the SS document, it is stolen by a member of his own network: Charlotte, the woman with whom he has been conducting an affair. Is she working for the Nazis or is she hiding a deeper secret?
The truth is finally revealed and Reece finds himself a pawn in a gambit stretching from London to Berlin. In the end, he must decide between revenge on those who have deceived him and his duty as an agent.
Inspired by an astonishing true story, The Winter Agent is published by Penguin/Michael Joseph on 28 May 2020
The Great Cat Massacre
A History of Britain in 100 Mistakes
In 1914 a train pulled into a provincial British railway station. The porter, a
curious chap, asked the regiment of soldiers where they were from. ‘Ross-shire,’
one called down, but the porter heard ‘Russia’. And so began a rumour that led to
Germany losing the First World War.
Because the history we learn at school is only half the story. We hear of the
heroic deeds and visionary leaders, we never hear about the people who turn
up late for court and thereby change the law or stand in the wrong queue at
university and accidentally win the Nobel prize.