Quarter-finalist Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014
"Beautifully written, almost lyrical prose" ABNA Expert Reviewer (Excerpt)
'A thrilling read' Historical Novel Society
Britain stands alone; its army smashed by the German blitzkrieg in France; the survivors barely rescued from the beaches of Dunkirk. In London, Winston Churchill is defiant, trying desperately to rally the nation, in the face of a threatened Nazi invasion of England.
But not all in the cabinet share his view. Some of them believe there is no option but to seek a deal with Hitler.
The all-conquering Nazi armies stand ready, 20 miles across the English Channel. But Hitler is hesitant. He would prefer the British to sue for peace. There are conflicting signals in Britain. The RAF appears to be weakening; there are reports of mutinies in the Royal Navy, peace marches, even hints of disloyalty involving the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Britain seems on the point of collapse.
Then an unknown group emerges and makes contact with the Nazis, seeking talks.
Who are these 'Realists'? Is there even a traitor inside the cabinet?
Who has sent an An Invitation to Hitler?
About the Author
Writing fiction developed from a long-standing interests in political and military history.
An Invitation to Hitler was inspired by a throwaway statement in Winston Churchill's History of the Second World War.
As Neeson researched the story, reading the histories, biographies and Cabinet papers from the period, it became clear that there might be more to Churchill's words than meets the eye. What began as a short story began to gather legs as he discovered many half-hidden facts and even more innuendo.
Visiting the sites and sailing the waters helped add context, and even more so, atmosphere.
Neeson remains fascinated by the period and its intrigues. With the final British files on the Second World War not due for release until 2017, he is convinced that there is more to be told.
Find out more on www.bernardneeson.com