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The Churchill Memorandum

The Churchill Memorandum [Kindle Edition]

Sean Gabb
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A thriller in the style of John Buchan and Sapper and the early Ian Fleming, The Churchill Memorandum presents an exciting Alternative History of the 20th Century.

Imagine a world in which Hitler died in 1939. No World War II. No US-Soviet duopoly of the world. No slide into the gutter for England.

Anthony Markham doesn’t need to imagine. It is now 1959, and this is the only world he knows. England is still England. The Queen-Empress is on her throne. The pound is worth a pound. Lord Halifax is Prime Minister, and C.S. Lewis is Archbishop of Canterbury. All is right with the world—or with that quarter of it lucky enough to repose under an English heaven.

Not surprisingly, Markham loves England. He worships England. Never mind that he’s Indian on his mother’s side, and not entirely as he’d like to be seen in one other respect: he keeps these little faults hidden—oh, very well hidden!

Now, twenty years after Hitler’s death in a car accident, he is taking leave of a nightmarish, totalitarian America. He has a biography to write of a dead and largely forgotten Winston Churchill, and has had to travel to where the old drunk left his papers. But little does he realise, as he returns to his safe, orderly England, that he carries, somewhere in his luggage, an object that can be used to destroy England and the whole structure of bourgeois civilisation as it has been gradually restored since 1918.

Who is trying to kill Anthony Markham? For whom is Major Stanhope really working? Where did Dr Pakeshi get his bag of money? Is there a connection between Michael Foot, Leader of the British Communist Party, and Foreign Secretary Harold Macmillan? Why is Ayn Rand in an American prison, and Nathaniel Branden living in a South London bedsit? Why is Alan Greenspan dragged off and shot in the first chapter? Where does Enoch Powell fit into the story?

Above all, what is the Churchill Memorandum? What terrible secrets does it contain?

All will be revealed—but not till after Markham has gone on the run through an England unbombed, uncentralised, still free, and still mysterious.

How might our country have turned out but for that catastrophic declaration of war in defence of Poland? Read on and wonder….

The Churchill Memorandum is a thriller, a black comedy and a satire. It is the first novel in Sean Gabb’s “England Trilogy.” The other two novels will come out later in 2014.

Sean Gabb is a writer and broadcaster whose other novels have been translated into Italian, Spanish, Greek, Hungarian, Slovak and Chinese. He lives in Kent with his wife and daughter.

From the Reviews

“Y’all, this book is further down the rabbit-hole than Alice, and I dearly wish that instead of a review wherein I praise the author for his audacity and imagination, I was publishing verbatim the notes I took. You would not believe this book.” Bella Gerens

“The novel is so tightly-knit that it’s hard to say anything about it without giving too much away. Sean writes in a manner that has you smelling the surroundings (not always a pleasant experience) and feeling the grit of asphalt and concrete under your feet. “Noirer than noir” might be an accurate description….” L. Neil Smith

“The Churchill Memorandum is one of the more sophisticated, cynical and well-written takes on the alternative-history theme that I’ve read.” Jerome Tucille

“Gabb’s ambivalent and somewhat bipolar English attitude towards America—at once a great power and friend of England, and a schizophrenic and dangerous destroyer of the ancient European order and institutions—is present throughout; and as a skeptic of the American mythos myself, I really enjoyed this foreign perspective.” Stephan Kinsella

“Throughout, characters play with themes of control and lack of control, wrestling with a posterity that is seen through the dual perspectives of the characters’ actions and the reader’s awareness of actual events. The whole work would make for an effective, if challenging

From the Author

Here is a review by John Kersey: "I must say I didn't have high hopes of "The Churchill Memorandum". I thought it would sink under the weight of an ambitious attempt at a Zelig-like alternative history as numerous other works in the genre have done previously. I am happy to say I was wrong and I am thoroughly enjoying it. It is a well-crafted novel of ideas, the most significant of which to my mind is the considerable lost opportunities in terms of technological and social benefit to British society that were caused by the economic and cultural costs of WWII. Anyone who thinks this book is an apology for Hitler or simply a Fifties nostalgia-fest hasn't read it closely enough (or in some cases at all, I suspect)."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 967 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Hampden Press; 2 edition (20 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LGTRS0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #250,222 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sean Gabb is the author of 20 books and about 300 essays. Under the name Richard Blake, he has written six historical novels for Hodder & Stoughton. These have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Greek, Slovak, Hungarian, Chinese and Indonesian. Under his own name, he has written four novels. His other books are mainly about libertarian politics. He broadcasts regularly in the British media. He lives in Kent with his wife and daughter.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping yarn (& very clever too) 27 Jan 2014
The author of a number of best-selling historical novels has turned his hand to the 2nd half of the 20th century in a world where WW2 didn't happen. First of all I should say that to fully appreciate this novel you have to be well up on British political history & politicians of the period as well as a few personalities well known to libertarians - which doesn't mean you won't enjoy it if you're not because it's still a brilliantly crafted & exciting, action-packed story. However, it's stuffed with little gems which - if you're not a political nerd - you might miss (for example, the elevation of one Margaret Hilda Roberts to the Home Office).

The portrayal of an alternative political, economic & technological universe for Britain in 1959 is nothing short of brilliant. How would a country as technically advanced as the real Britain of the 1970s look if the price of oil made its use prohibitive? The result is not the disaster you might expect. The author's imagination shows how such a culture might look without departing from the more familiar feeling of 1950s Britain. This is not science fiction; it is an alternative history which shows how one change in the course of historical events can lead to a completely different world.

A well-crafted, fast-paced & amusing read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent alternative history romp! 1 Nov 2013
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Having long been a fan of alternative histories such as Len Deighton's SS-GB as well as the film It Happened Here, I looked forward to reading this version where Britain had avoided WW2 entanglements altogether...
I was not disappointed. A rattling good yarn from beginning to end with some delightful tidbits along the way - airships and heated pavements and Austrian economics no less!

An excellent Christmas present for anyone interested in WW2, history or just great Bulldog Drummond type racy reads!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review 22 Aug 2013
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An interesting book that poses one view of the possibilities of a world without world war two and an America that didn't become an economic giant but a dictatorship without Roosevelt. Some parts were a bit odd and tedious whereas others were interesting.
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Where to begin? My mentioning the plot wouldn't do it justice. All I will say is that there will be moments where Gabb's descriptions will make you wince. He certainly has a happy knack for the first person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing concept and a gripping read... 15 Jan 2014
Imagine a world in which the second world war never happened and the primary foe were the Americans instead of the Nazis! This is a truly fascinating book with an 'upside down history' theme. It is tightly written and we follow the central character as he navigates his way through a turbulent political and sociological soup. It is thrilling and at the same time appalling to witness various of our own key political figures of the time engaged in underhand deeds and despicable acts, but of course, this is an alternate history indeed! I thoroughly recommend this to anyone who is looking for an engaging and out of the ordinary read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A rattling good yarn 19 Mar 2012
This book is a rattling good yarn, in the tradition of "Sapper", the creator of Bulldog Drummond, and the books of John Buchan, which featured another British Imperial hero, Richard Hannay. The central character in the Churchill Memorandum is also a kind of British Imperial hero, since Dr. Andrew Marchant, as he is called, has an English father and an Indian mother and sets out patriotically to defend the Empire through thick and thin. However, as befits the setting of the story in a parallel historical account of a late-stage period of the collapsing Empire, the hero created by Sean Gabb is anything but heroic, unless you count his amazing ability to survive terrible privations. In the course of his exploits, Marchant is shot at, chased by helicopter, drugged, buggered (this bit happens off-stage, by the way) and almost dissolved in a bath of acid and somehow manages to emerge unscathed. He keeps in physical and moral shape, not by training on the rugby field or in an Army boxing ring (as his predecessors would have), but thanks to an unshakeable faith is his own intellectual rectitude. He really is the most obnoxious little turd, who argues the toss with his chief adversaries, who are also the chief villains in the plot, namely Harold Macmillan and Michael Foot. But they, also in the tradition of master criminals down the ages, don't strangle, shoot or bludgeon the little git to death on the spot, but promise to do it later, thereby leaving our hero with a chance to escape and cause more trouble.

Churchill's part in all this, by the time the events described are taking place, is as a dead, neglected British politician, who was never called on by his countrymen to lead them to victory, because there never was a Second World War.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What larks!!
What an accumulation of utter silliness!! The plot meanders pointlessly over many pages in which you hope at some stage the author is going to exert some control over his material... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Richie
3.0 out of 5 stars Haven't opened it.
We find thinks difficult to read on Kindle so therefore haven't even opened it to read it, which is probably a pity as Sean Gabb writes well..
Published 9 months ago by Ann Woodhouse
4.0 out of 5 stars You are drawn in right from Page One!
I have only completed the first chapter on my Kindle and the writer has a way of drawing the reader in right from the beginning. I will update this when I have finished the book.
Published on 11 Jun 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent contribution to the genre
This is an entertaining, well-written example of the genre of invented history; indeed, such are the myriad references to events and individuals scattered throughout the text that... Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2011 by Professor J. Kersey
5.0 out of 5 stars If Lord Tweedsmuir met Eric Blair, they couldn't make this up!
I finished The Churchill Memorandum at half past one this morning as I was waiting for my Mises Academy lecturer to take to my vid-screen to teach me about Rothbardian factor... Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2011 by Mr. J. A. Coats
5.0 out of 5 stars British Politics meets South Park
Sideways history is an odd game. After years of watching Margaret Thatcher beaten around the gills by any number of bleeding-heart-artistes from Roger Waters to Salman Rushdie,... Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2011 by Jim Packer
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