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18 September 2020
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- 1944, Hitler envisages the V2 rocket as the ultimate weapon. Rudi Graf, a compatriot of Werner von Braun, finds himself conflicted as he works on launching the V2 attacks on London from a secluded forest in Holland. Meanwhile in London, Kay Caton-Walsh, an officer in the WAAF, with a team of women are on secondment in Belgium trying to mathematically work out where the V2 attacks are originating from. Written during lockdown Harris has created another fascinating piece of historical fiction with characters that one becomes immediately attached to. Highly recommended. Greg Waldron


Victory is close. Vengeance is closer.

On the brink of defeat, Hitler commissioned 10,000 V2s - ballistic rockets that carried a one-ton warhead at three times the speed of sound, which he believed would win the war.

Dr Rudi Graf who, along with his friend Werner von Braun, had once dreamt of sending a rocket to the moon, now finds himself in November 1944 in a bleak seaside town in Occupied Holland, launching V2s against London. No one understands the volatile, deadly machine better than Graf, but his disillusionment with the war leads to him being investigated for sabotage.

Kay Caton-Walsh, an officer in the WAAF, has experienced first-hand the horror of a V2 strike. When 160 Londoners, mostly women and children, are killed by a single missile, the government decides to send a team of WAAFs to newly-liberated Belgium in the hope of discovering the location of the launch sites. But not all the Germans have left and Kay finds herself in mortal danger.

As the war reaches its desperate end, their twin stories play out, interlocked and separate, until their destinies are finally forced together.

By:   Robert Harris
Imprint:   Hutchinson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   397g
ISBN:   9781786331410
ISBN 10:   1786331411
Pages:   464
Publication Date:   18 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Robert Harris is the author of thirteen bestselling novels- the Cicero Trilogy - Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator - Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, The Ghost, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, which won four prizes including the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, Conclave, Munich and The Second Sleep. Several of his books have been filmed, including The Ghost, which was directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into forty languages and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in West Berkshire with his wife, Gill Hornby. His next book, V2, is coming out in autumn 2020.

Reviews for V2

The king of the page-turning thriller. * i paper * An immersive thriller set against a tense historical backdrop[...]V2, like Munich is therefore more drama than thriller. For all its pace - you will zip through it in no time - the rewards are in the meta-story. But Harris's deceptively effortless prose means you barely notice. The effect is one of total immersion: you can feel the cold, taste the bacon sandwiches and imagine the trolleys squeaking across the floor. * Financial Times *

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