Winter in Madrid: A Novel

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A #1 internationally bestselling novel set in post-Civil War Spain by the author of Dominion and the Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery seriesSeptember 1940: the Spanish Civil War is over, Madrid lies in ruin, while the Germans continue their march through Europe, and General Franco evades Hitler's request that he lead his broken country into yet another war. Into this uncertain world comes a reluctant spy for the British Secret Service, sent to gain the confidence of Sandy Forsyth, an old school...

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Overview

A #1 internationally bestselling novel set in post-Civil War Spain by the author of Dominion and the Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery seriesSeptember 1940: the Spanish Civil War is over, Madrid lies in ruin, while the Germans continue their march through Europe, and General Franco evades Hitler's request that he lead his broken country into yet another war. Into this uncertain world comes a reluctant spy for the British Secret Service, sent to gain the confidence of Sandy Forsyth, an old school friend turned shady Madrid businessman. Meanwhile, an ex-Red Cross nurse is engaged in a secret mission of her own. Through this dangerous game of intrigue, C. J. Sansom's riveting tale conjures a remarkable sense of history unfolding and the profound impact of impossible choices.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"It comes as no surprise to learn that Sansom's novel spent month after month on London's bestseller lists."
-The Philadelphia Inquirer

"There are touches of Graham Greene; Hemingway's here, too. . . . But Sansom transfigures his sources into a moral universe very much his own."
-The Independent (U.K.)

"Sansom [proves] real noir is best when lit with flashes of wit."
-Publishers Weekly

"Sansom can lay claim to a place among the best distinguished of modern historical novelists."
-P. D. James

Publishers Weekly

The playing fields of Rookwood did little to prepare reluctant spy Harry Brett for the moral no man's land of post-Civil War Spain that awaits him in this cinematic historical thriller from British author Sansom (Sovereign). But those halcyon days have made him one of the few people likely to win the confidence of fellow old boy Sandy Forsyth, now a shady Madrid businessman, Franco associate and object of intense curiosity to British intelligence. Despite his reservations, Brett-whose best friend from Rookwood, Bernie Piper, disappeared in Spain a few years earlier while battling Franco with the International Brigade-accepts the assignment as his duty, and almost as swiftly regrets it. For the Madrid he finds has become a mockery of the vibrant, hopeful place he and Bernie visited during the dawn of the Republic. As in his Matthew Shardlake mystery series set in Tudor London, Sansom deftly plots his politically charged tale for maximal suspense, all the way up to its stunning conclusion. A bestseller in the U.K., this moving opus leaves the reader mourning for the Spain that might have been-and the England that maybe never was. (Jan.)

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Kirkus Reviews
The uneasy relationship of three British schoolmates haunts their adult lives during the first years of Francisco Franco's dark Spanish dictatorship in a novel from the author of the excellent Matthew Shardlake Tudor detective stories (Sovereign, 2007, etc.). Shell-shocked and deafened, Lt. Harry Brett was evacuated from Dunkirk moments after the man next to him was blown to pieces. Unable to return immediately to battle, he reluctantly accepts an undercover assignment to Spain, where he is to look up his public-school classmate Sandy Forsyth to see whether Sandy might be recruited as an intelligence source. Sandy was not really Harry's friend at Rookwood. He wasn't anyone's friend. The rebellious son of an Anglican bishop, Sandy was cynical and a bully, but Harry was as close to a friend as he had before getting kicked out for cruelty to a faculty member. Now he has turned up in Madrid, a sleek and prospering businessman, cutting deals with the Falangists and Monarchists who recently ousted the Republicans. It won't be Harry's first trip to Spain. He was there once before to see Bernie Piper, Harry's best friend from school and Sandy's arch enemy. To the great disappointment of his working-class parents, Bernie's scholarship to Rookwood gave him a deep distaste for the ruling class they hoped he would join, and he eventually turned to communism and joined the International Brigade defending Republican Spain against the Nationalists. When Harry, undercover as an embassy translator, reaches Madrid, he finds Sandy in possession of Barbara, a Red Cross nurse who loved Bernie before his disappearance and presumed death in the civil war. Harry takes up with the couple, worming his awkward wayinto Sandy's confidence. As Harry learns details of Sandy's sleazy high-level dealings, Barbara learns that Bernie is not dead. He's a secret government prisoner, and she immediately begins to plot his escape as Harry at last finds a little love. Wise and melancholy and, eventually, very tense. Agent: Antony Topping/Greene & Heaton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143115137
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/27/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 242,501
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

C. J. Sansom, the internationally bestselling author of the novels Winter in Madrid and Dominion and the Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery series, earned a Ph.D. in history and was a lawyer before becoming a full-time writer.

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INTRODUCTION
In 1940 Spain, as Franco determines whether to ally himself with Hitler and enter World War II, Madrid lies in ruins, its once majestic streets ravaged by the Spanish Civil War, its people starving and bitterly divided by political conflict. This historical backdrop forms the setting for C. J. Sansom’s Winter in Madrid, an intense thriller and love story that examines the dangers of ideology and loyalty.

As the aching chill of winter falls on the Spanish capital, reluctant spy Harry Brett lands in Madrid, sent by the British Secret Service to win the confidence of his old school chum Sandy Forsyth, a businessman with some very shady investments. Wounded at Dunkirk, Harry is an upper-class Englishman, with an affection for his old school, Rookwood, and an unshakable sense of loyalty and honor. In contrast, his old classmate Sandy is corrupt and dissolute, a jaded risk taker expelled as a teen from Rookwood, who still resents his father’s disapproval. The two are connected by the memories of their school days—as well as by Sandy’s girlfriend, Barbara, a former Red Cross nurse who was once in love with another mutual Rookwood friend, Bernie Piper.

Unlike the principled Harry or disreputable Sandy, Bernie is passionate. His zeal for the Communist cause brought him to Spain in 1937 to fight with the International Brigades against Franco’s fascists. On the bloody battlefields of the Jarama, Bernie disappears, listed missing and believed killed. Left behind heartbroken, Barbara begins a relationship with Sandy, but she never stops hoping that Bernie might still be alive. Eventually, with hefty bribes, Barbara uncovers information about Bernie and develops a plan to help him escape.

Bernie is alive—albeit barely—imprisoned in a brutal labor camp in the harsh Tierra Muerta, or dead land. Injured, malnourished, and physically exhausted, Bernie gains strength from his belief and fervor for the ideals of Communism, strength to keep fighting against the prison guards, the intrusive piety of the Catholic church, and the squabbling of his fellow Communist prisoners.

As another long winter descends on Madrid, seeping cold brings a growing sense of despair. Can Bernie conserve his strength until he is rescued? Will Harry uncover Sandy’s secrets without being unmasked as a spy? And in the chaos and corruption of post–Civil War Spain, can anyone be trusted? Carefully researched, layered with details both harrowing and beautiful, Winter in Madrid is at once an ambitious love story and a candid portrait of a war-torn country caught between false ideology and authority.

ABOUT C.J. SANSOM

C. J. Sansom was a lawyer but now writes full time. He holds a Ph.D. in history and is the author of Dissolution, Dark Fire, and Sovereign in the Matthew Shardlake series. Winter in Madrid was a major bestseller in England and is being published in twelve countries. Sansom lives in Brighton, England.

A CONVERSATION WITH C.J. SANSOM

Q. Why did you decide to write about this period? How did the setting affect the development of the main characters and their stories?

A. The Spanish Civil War was my final year focus subject at university, when I was doing my history degree. I have also visited Spain, and especially Madrid, many times over the years. I always wanted to write a novel about the Spanish Civil War, but having read about the dark years after Franco’s victory I wanted to write about those too. And I wanted to write about ordinary people placed in extreme situations, about how they react and cope.

Q. You’ve said that Madrid is your favorite city, and in the book, it almost becomes a character in itself. What first provoked your interest in Madrid? How do you think the city’s tragic past has affected its modern life?

A. I first visited Madrid in the 1970s, just after Franco died. It was winter and it seemed a cold, threatening place then but also with much beauty and full of history. Today it is a busy, relaxed, good-natured city. So much writing about the Spanish Civil War is concentrated on Barcelona and I wanted to redress that balance—the outskirts of Madrid were where Franco’s advance was halted in 1936 and the city was then subjected to a two-year siege. However, for many years after Franco’s death the Civil War was not really discussed; people tended to prefer to forget about it, although over the past fifteen years or so that has changed.

Q. What kind of research went into writing this novel? How did you uncover the tiny details—like cigarette brands, meals, or chicory coffee—that so effortlessly transport the reader to 1940s Spain?

A. By reading as much as I could find about the time, walking the streets of Madrid where the action is located, and seeing what I could find in bookshops and Madrid coin shops. I found a three-volume book of photographs of twentieth-century Madrid that was very useful.

Q. Which character do you identify with the most? Whose story did you enjoy writing the most?

A. I try not to identify too much with my characters and to keep a distance from them. Barbara is the character I most enjoyed writing. It was a challenge because I had never written from the viewpoint of a woman before, but then I have never really believed that men and women are all that different psychologically. She is the one who changes the most because of the things that happened to her that bring out an inner strength that transcends her neuroses. I am sorry when the book is sometimes described as the story of three men, because she is at the center of the book. Sandy was also interesting to write, perhaps because, unlike Barbara, Harry, and Bernie, we see Sandy only from other people’s points of view. I wanted to make him more than just a stage villain and I hope I have succeeded.

Q. Many novelists have written about the Spanish Civil War, from Hemingway to Graham Greene. Did any of these books inspire Winter in Madrid? Do you have a favorite novel about the Spanish Civil War?

A. Winter in Madrid was not really inspired by other books, rather my interest in the period. I think Hemingway would be my favorite. He catches the nuances and complexities of the war.

Q. You’re best known for the Shardlake mystery series, set in sixteenth-century England. Why did you depart from Shardlake to write Winter in Madrid? What was it like writing about an entirely different period of time, and set of characters?

A. I always wanted to write more than just the Tudor mysteries—I didn’t want to be just a one-trick pony. Winter in Madrid was the second book that I wrote and going to a completely different place and time—albeit one where I also knew the historical background—and writing in the third person rather than the first as well as having three narrators was challenging but very enjoyable.

Q. Each of the main characters seems to be questioning some form of authority, whether it is Harry and the British government’s wartime activities, Bernie with communism and Catholic ideology, Sandy and the establishment, or Barbara bucking the accepted path for women at the time. Was this a conscious decision or one that evolved during the course of writing? How does their skepticism reflect the political landscape of the time?

A. I’m not sure that comment is quite right. The only one of the four who is motivated by political commitment is Bernie. Barbara has always been an independent woman in that she chose career over marriage, and there were quite a lot of women like that in the 1930s. For both her and Harry it is seeing what is happening around them that drives them to opposition. Sandy is a rebel but only in the sense that I guess most middle-class crooks are rebels against their upbringing. My idea from the start was that three of the four English characters develop and change, but Sandy doesn’t because somehow he is locked into a path that cannot change.

The Spanish Civil War was, in England and in Europe and I think also in the U.S., the defining issue for political people—either you were for Franco or for the republic. Generally, but not invariably, that was a right-left split. But there were also many nonpolitical people who would not have taken a strong line one way or the other, like Harry.

Q. You dedicate the book “To the memory of the thousands of children of Republican parents who disappeared into the orphanages of Franco’s Spain.” What inspired this dedication?

A. One of the most heart-rending things I learned in my research was how many children of Republican parents who had been arrested or killed in the war became feral and were picked up and deposited in mostly church-run orphanages, where they were taught to hate everything their parents believed in. Some of the orphanages might have been staffed by kindly people but that is certainly not the overall picture one gets. There is a chilling picture in Antony Beevor’s The Struggle for Spain of scared-looking children in an orphanage being made to give the fascist salute, which sums up the whole thing. I think what happens to the two children in the novel was not unusual.

Q. The book includes the historical figures of Sir Samuel Hoare and Alan Hillgarth. How did you decide how to portray them? What was it like depicting real people as fictional characters?

A. Difficult. It is one thing to invent a character and let him develop, quite another to interpret a real person from memoirs, history books, and photographs. It is always going to be your picture of him. I didn’t like either Hoare or Hillgarth much but tried to be fair. A historian of the period whom I met after the book was published took the view—and I think he is right—that in fact Hoare grew more and more opposed to the Franco regime the more he saw of it over the course of the Second World War and by its end was advocating a change of regime.

Q. What are you working on next? Can readers expect any other departures from the Shardlake series?

A. There is another Shardlake, Revelation, coming out in April in England and next year in the U.S. I think it likely that there will be another Second World War novel to come, but my plans are not quite firmed up yet.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  • Institutions loom large in the book, from public school (which is the equivalent of private school in the US), to the Communist party, to the Catholic Church. How do the main characters reinforce and/or defeat them?
     
  • Bernie begins the book as a devoted Communist, yet eventually becomes disillusioned with its ideology. Disillusionment with the Catholic Church also plays a large role in the book. Why does the author juxtapose the two? What are the dangers of ideology?
     
  • The threat of approaching winter permeates the book. What does the cold weather symbolize? Why did the author choose to set the book during the winter?
     
  • Each of the book’s main characters is tempted by corruption and bribery. Is corruption a by-product of war? Can corruption ever be positive?
     
  • Bernie is a fervent believer in communism and also an atheist. Yet in the labor camp, he is threatened by the power-hungry Estalbo, a fellow prisoner and Communist, and shown kindness by Father Eduardo, a Catholic priest. Why did the author choose to upend Bernie’s perceived notions of good and bad? What does Bernie learn about kindness and cruelty?
     
  • How does Harry’s parentless background and experiences at Dunkirk shape his character? Is his reluctance to spy on Sandy justified?
     
  • Have you read any other novels about the Spanish Civil War? How does this book compare?
     
  • Bernie and Sandy are very different characters, yet Barbara forms a relationship with both of them. What draws her to each? Is her relationship with Sandy believable? Why or why not?
     
  • Harry, Sandy and Bernie are all classmates at Rookwood, but each of them has a vastly different experience at the school. Why did the author choose to connect Sandy, Harry and Bernie in this way? How do their experiences at Rookwood define them as characters?
     
  • How do you feel about the book’s conclusion?
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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    A Code for Sovereigns!

    The fossils Sandy Forsyth loves are a wonderful metaphor for the historical period this novel spans, 1937-1947, in war-torn Spain. For fossils hold full or partial body parts in their last colossal, life-death battle. It's a time full of surprises, when the strong are shown to be weak and vice versa. Sandy's favorite fossil, a dinosaur's limb, vividly displays Spain's hopes and defeats, "...curled, as though the creature had been about to strike when it died."<BR/><BR/>First, meet Bernie Piper, a graduate of the prestigious Rookwood School in England, now lying at the foot of a knoll in the Jarama Valley, Spain in February of 1937. He's a die-hard socialist, rejecting everything he learned in school and sharing the fight against the Generalissimo Franco's fascist followers. It doesn't look like a victory Bernie will win!<BR/><BR/>Then get to really know Barbara Clare, an ex in so many ways - ex-Red Cross nurse, ex-lover of Bernie, and expatriate who is lost in her despair over possibly having lost Bernie, seeing the Spanish situation corrode into devastating poverty and death, and being lost in her relationship with Sandy Forsyth who seems bent on recreating her in his own image. But Barbara knows more than she's telling and may have a way to find out if Bernie is still alive as a prisoner of war in the brutal prisoner-of-war camps run by the rigid, ultra-Catholic Republican Guards. <BR/><BR/>Enters Harry Brett, a spy for the British Secret Service. Harry really doesn't want to be doing this job but is reluctantly enticed into spying on his old school friend, Sandy, in Madrid. Harry's recovering from brutal injuries he received while fighting in Dunkirk, barely over his posttraumatic panic attacks and barely in possession of full hearing yet. The pages that follow rivet the reader's focus in two directions. <BR/><BR/>The convoluted chronology of Spain's political situation introduces the reader to the powers supporting Franco, the Republicans and the Communists, all vying for supremacy and at the same time feeling Hitler's pincer-like approach ever-looming. Who to trust? Who to support? How to survive? One clearly sees, after a brief while, that there are no winners as each group in its fanatical fervor destroys the land they claim to love. Leaders and manipulators flourish; the poor and destitute live parasitical lives in order to get through this horrific conflict.<BR/><BR/>What Harry eventually discovers, in the second focus of this novel, is far worse than originally contemplated. Sandy's involved in something bigger and deadlier than even he realizes. As one swiftly turns these pages, he or she is stunned at the breathtaking end in which all bets are off and the plot unravels in a most unexpected manner with devastating results.<BR/><BR/>C. J. Sansom, with a well-researched, dynamic presentation, vividly presents a historical, romantic, adventurous story in a tightly plotted manner. This story deserves wide acclaim as a notable blockbuster, portraying a too often ignored but potent segment of Spain and England's history and politics.<BR/><BR/>Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on February 9, 2009

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

    Disappointed

    This was certainly not on the level of a Shardlake mystery! The plot was hard to follow and fragmented. At the end of the book there were several blank pages. So I never got the ending. How frustrating and disappointng. SAVE YOUR MONEY!!!

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

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    Truth always slow in coming

    This author brings to life facts about the 1930s and the onset of Nazism plus the undercurrent of socialism turning to Communism. It is the children taken from parents and placed in institutional settings, Catholic influenced, that brings out the emotional reactions of the readers. Spain tried to remain neutral but catered to Hitler anyway. Collaboration between government and the church is evident. Not a time period to be proud of for anyone.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

    Okay story

    If you love Spain and have an interest in Spanish history, especially the civil war era, then you will like this book. If not, you will probably be bored silly. It wasn't the greatest book but I still read it all the way to the end. I did like the ambience it evokes from that era.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Winter in Madrid is a historical, romance novel that will appeal to many different types of readers.

    This is a fictional love story with historical facts thrown in. If you teach Spanish, are a history buff or simply enjoy a romance, then you will like this book. As a Spanish teacher, Winter in Madrid made me more aware of what the Spanish Civil War was like for the people of Spain.

    Winter in Madrid gave me a greater understanding of the suffering and limitations war imposes on people. This is not just a love story - it makes you think.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    What Could Have been Excellent, Disappoints

    Interesting premise, setting, and plot. But the the character development wasn't up to the test. Harry and Sonia were well done, and Bernie's protrayal was at least consistent. Sandy was predictable; Barbara's demeanor and conduct were all over the board. One moment, she was strong and courageous; the next, she was beyond helpless. This happened so often that it was tiring and hurt the story for me. I also think that the author didn't need more than 500 pages to tell this story. Could have been tightened up and would have been a better novel. I don't want to give away key plot developments, so suffice it to say that some were well done, some were predictable, and others seemed mere plot devices. Too bad, I was expecting an excellent novel, and the author didn't deliver. In fact, based on some reviews and the novel's setting, I recommended the book to my book club. The book club members enjoyed it much more than I did.

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    Posted April 3, 2008

    Very well documented

    This novel is page turning and extremely well documented about the society and time where it takes place, and I should know since I'm from Madrid, and all my life I've heard the stories about the post-war time. The only thing that left me a little dissapointed was certain parts of the ending.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a terrific historical thriller

    By 1940 the brutal Spanish Civil War has finally ended, but much of the country remains devastated with people worried about basic sustenance needs like food, clean water, and shelter. As neutral Spain struggles to recover, the Germans blitzkrieg continues its rapid conquest of Europe and their air force daily bombs the last foe Britain. The leader of the winning side General Francisco Franco and his Fascist party considers joining the Nazis like Mussolini and Italy did.----------- England sends reluctant Harry Brett to spy on his old peer Sandy Forsyth, a dishonest Madrid businessman, who has close toes to Franco. Brett has doubts he is the man for the job, but journeys to Madrid to win the confidence of Sandy and through him what Franco¿s plans re the war with Hitler are. However, he finds Madrid nothing like the energized vibrant city that it was just a few years ago under the short lived republic when he and his close friend Bernie Piper visited the city. Instead he finds distressed hopeless people starving and dying he wants to go home where the Nazi bombings have only increased the fortitude of his fellow Brits to defeat the German monster.-------------- WINTER IN MADRID is a terrific historical thriller that is part espionage and part political. The storyline provides an insightful look at the aftermath of Franco¿s victory in the Civil War especially the political turmoil of a divided Fascist Party debating whether to join its two allies or recuperate from the bloody internal fight. C.J. Sansom places a powerful spotlight on battered Spain as WW II has devastated much the rest of the continent while the Battle of Britain seems inevitable and would enable Franco to claim like Mussolini he was on the victorious side.------------- Harriet Klausner

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