A Very British Ending

A Very British Ending

A Very British Ending

An MI6 officer, haunted by the ghosts of an SS atrocity, kills a Nazi war criminal in the ruins of a U-boot bunker. The German turns out to be a CIA asset being rat-lined to South America.

As a hungry Britain freezes in the winter of 1947, a young cabinet minister negotiates a deal with Moscow trading Rolls-Royce jet engines for cattle fodder and wood. Both have made powerful enemies with long memories. The fates of the two men become entwined as one rises through MI6 and the other to Downing Street. It is the mid-1970s and a coup d’état is imminent.

A Very British Ending is the Wolf Hall of power games in modern Britain. Senior MI6 officers, Catesby and Bone, try to outwit a cabal of plotters trying to overthrow the Prime Minister. The author once again reveals the dark underside of the Secret State on both sides of the Atlantic.

'Edward Wilson seems poised to inherit the mantle of John le Carré' Irish Independent

'We attempt to second-guess both Catesby and his crafty creator, and are soundly outfoxed at every turn...Wilson is now firmly ensconced in the new firmament of espionage writing' Barry Forshaw, Independent

'Edward Wilson himself is a most assured writer, adept more than most in this factual/fiction genre combining first-rate characterisation and a depth of detail that entwines itself around real and supposed events. This is a fantastic read.' Morning Star

Price £: 
14.99
Hardback
Published: 
15 Jul 2015
ISBN: 
9781910050491
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A Very British Ending

A Very British Ending

An MI6 officer, haunted by the ghosts of an SS atrocity, kills a Nazi war criminal in the ruins of a U-boot bunker. The German turns out to be a CIA asset being rat-lined to South America.

As a hungry Britain freezes in the winter of 1947, a young cabinet minister negotiates a deal with Moscow trading Rolls-Royce jet engines for cattle fodder and wood. Both have made powerful enemies with long memories. The fates of the two men become entwined as one rises through MI6 and the other to Downing Street. It is the mid-1970s and a coup d’état is imminent.

A Very British Ending is the Wolf Hall of power games in modern Britain. Senior MI6 officers, Catesby and Bone, try to outwit a cabal of plotters trying to overthrow the Prime Minister. The author once again reveals the dark underside of the Secret State on both sides of the Atlantic.

'Edward Wilson seems poised to inherit the mantle of John le Carré' Irish Independent

'We attempt to second-guess both Catesby and his crafty creator, and are soundly outfoxed at every turn...Wilson is now firmly ensconced in the new firmament of espionage writing' Barry Forshaw, Independent

'Edward Wilson himself is a most assured writer, adept more than most in this factual/fiction genre combining first-rate characterisation and a depth of detail that entwines itself around real and supposed events. This is a fantastic read.' Morning Star

Price £: 
10.99
Paperback
Published: 
28 Jul 2015
ISBN: 
9781910050507
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A Very British Ending

A Very British Ending

An MI6 officer, haunted by the ghosts of an SS atrocity, kills a Nazi war criminal in the ruins of a U-boot bunker. The German turns out to be a CIA asset being rat-lined to South America.

As a hungry Britain freezes in the winter of 1947, a young cabinet minister negotiates a deal with Moscow trading Rolls-Royce jet engines for cattle fodder and wood. Both have made powerful enemies with long memories. The fates of the two men become entwined as one rises through MI6 and the other to Downing Street. It is the mid-1970s and a coup d’état is imminent.

A Very British Ending is the Wolf Hall of power games in modern Britain. Senior MI6 officers, Catesby and Bone, try to outwit a cabal of plotters trying to overthrow the Prime Minister. The author once again reveals the dark underside of the Secret State on both sides of the Atlantic.

'Edward Wilson seems poised to inherit the mantle of John le Carré' Irish Independent

'We attempt to second-guess both Catesby and his crafty creator, and are soundly outfoxed at every turn...Wilson is now firmly ensconced in the new firmament of espionage writing' Barry Forshaw, Independent

'Edward Wilson himself is a most assured writer, adept more than most in this factual/fiction genre combining first-rate characterisation and a depth of detail that entwines itself around real and supposed events. This is a fantastic read.' Morning Star

Price £: 
8.99
Paperback
Published: 
14 Apr 2016
ISBN: 
9781910050774
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About the author

  • Edward Wilson

    Edward Wilson’s first home was a waterfront bar in Fell’s Point, a Baltimore neighbourhood whose residents included Billie Holiday and Edgar Alan Poe. He went to Baltimore Poly, a school where Ta-Nehisi Coates and Dashiell Hammett were former students. He served in Vietnam with the 5th SFGA and was decorated for his part in rescuing wounded Vietnamese soldiers from a minefield. After leaving the Army, Wilson became an expatriate and gave up US nationality to become a British citizen. He has also lived and worked in Germany and France, and was a post-graduate student at Edinburgh University. He is the author of eight novels, A River in MayThe EnvoyThe Darkling SpyThe Midnight SwimmerA Very British EndingThe Whitehall MandarinSouth Atlantic Requiem and Portrait of the Spy as Young Man, all published by Arcadia Books. The author taught at Lowestoft College and local schools for thirty years. He lives with his wife Julia in rural Suffolk where they garden and try to identify birds.

    Titles by Edward Wilson

    A Very British Ending
    The midnight swimmer by Edward Wilson
    Portrait of the Spy as a Young Man
    South Atlantic Requiem