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A Lily of the Field

Written by: John Lawton
Narrated by: Lewis Hancock, Sara Coward
Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: History, World

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Publisher's Summary

Meret Voytek, pupil of professor Viktor Rosen, a Jew in exile from Germany, watches as Vienna comes under Nazi rule and the repercussions for the Jews. Across Europe, Dr Karel Szabo, a Hungarian physicist, has been interned on the Isle of Man. Rescued by the Americans, they recruit him in building an atomic bomb. Moving from Vienna and Auschwitz to the deserts of New Mexico to London, fate carries the enemy alien, Szabo and gentile Voytek, across the battlefields of the destructive war.

©2011 John Lawton (P)2011 Oakhill Publishing

Critic Reviews

‘Lawton’s thrillers provide a vivid, moving and wonderfully absorbing way to experience life in London and on the Continent before, during and after World War II.’ (Washington Post)

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  • 04-03-20

The Cellist

There could have been a whole separate stand alone novel about the surrounding characters here and their various reactions to wartime trauma but in the end it gets pulled together with the timeline of the regular characters. Having managed never to find a correct list of the chronological order of these books means I’ve read both later and earlier ones which is frustrating but does add a certain pathos in places.