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The Aftermath Paperback – 5 Mar 2019

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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; Media Tie In edition (5 March 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 198489790X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1984897909
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 254 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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"Rhidian Brook's arresting novel brings vividly to life a little-told aspect of World War II." --Claire Messud

"Superb. . . . Conjures surprise after surprise as it shows how the forces of politics and history penetrate even the most intimate moments of its characters' emotional lives." --The Guardian (London)

"A brilliant novel. . . . A moving, always enthralling journey into the dark and light of history." --Joseph O'Neill, author of Netherland

"A captivating tale of love among the ruins but also of treachery and vengeance. . . . It poses many complex questions." --Literary Review

"Reading The Aftermath, one can't help but wonder if this is the sort of literary memorialization . . . that Sebald might have wished for." --The Washington Post

"A fine, moving novel. . . . Brook addresses weighty themes--forgiveness, familial loss--with a light touch . . . . Bring[s] to mind no less a novel than J.G. Ballard's Empire of the Sun." --Financial Times

"Brook is wonderful at evoking the atmosphere of this forgotten time and place. . . . Brook handles the often shocking turn of events with a spareness matched to the harshness of that winter . . . There is much to think about here. It is a moral book but not a moralising one." --The Times (London)

"Engrossing. . . . Brook is a master with mixing the mundane details with characters' trials and tribulations. . . . This story of passion, betrayal and ultimate truth and forgiveness will have you hooked." --Portland Book Review

"Profoundly moving. . . . Brook's beautifully written novel ponders issues of decency, guilt and forgiveness. . . . The meticulous integrity of [his] prose style builds a narrative of chastened humans . . . turning back from the brink." --The Independent (London)

"Masterly. . . . The story develops with many a deft twist. . . . Brook wrings every drop of feeling out of a gripping human situation, and his vignettes of war-ravaged Hamburg are superb." --Mail on Sunday

"A stylish, heart-searching, and convincing story. . . . Memorably refashions this period." --The Herald (Scotland)

"An entertaining blend of romance, history and suspense, one to which Brook's style is perfectly suited: it's sturdy, stripped down with the just the right amount of gnarled beauty poking through the cracks." --The Toronto Star

"Rhidian Brook takes a piece of history I thought I knew well and breaks it open; The Aftermath is a compelling, surprising, and moving novel." --Sadie Jones, author of The Uninvited Guests

"Riveting. . . . Emotionally charged. . . . Fans of WWII-era historical fiction will be drawn to this novel." --Publishers Weekly


About the Author

Rhidian Brook is an award-winning writer of fiction, television, and film. His debut novel, The Testimony of Taliesin Jones, won the Somerset Maugham Award, a Betty Trask Award, and the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award. His stories have appeared in The Paris Review and New Statesman. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

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