As a WWII baby, I was brought up under British post-war austerity but with thankful acceptance that the Allies had prevailed against the Nazis and the Japanese.
However,my formative years were clouded by the thought of "what would have happened to us if..."
Paul Hurley's book, Liverpool Soldier, paints a stark picture of a defeated British population waking up to the realisation that all is not quite right in the new Germano-British relationship.
As the book's title suggests, the story is set in post war Liverpool with the narrative focussing on the lives and interactions of the central characters, Ralf (a much decorated and promoted German officer),Felix (his close friend and comrade-in-arms)and Angela Mackin (a British Wren).
Using his knowledge of both the contemporary Liverpool scene and German military units and ranks, the author develops a story line that blends fictional characters with historical figures and facts, taking the reader on an emotional roller-coaster ride to a surprising conclusion.
A book to read, enjoy and reflect on....