David Baddiel The Secret Purposes: A Novel

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The Secret Purposes: A Novel

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When the flood of Nazism enters Isaac and Lulu Fabian's lives, they're forced to flee their home in East Prussia. In Cambridge, England, the Fabians believe they have finally found the freedom that was denied to them in Germany. But the year is 1940, and prejudice, ignorance, and suspicion abound, propelling the British government to round up thousands of Germans—Nazis, sympathizers, and Jewish refugees alike—and ship them off to the Isle of Man, where they are to be interned until the war's end. It is there that Isaac's story will become intertwined with June Murray's, a translator at the Ministry of Information who is determined to expose the truth about the atrocities being perpetrated across the continent. But June's encounter with internee Isaac Fabian will radically shift her purpose, remolding it into something far more personal and complex than either of them could have ever imagined.

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Acclaimed novelist David Baddiel is one of Britain's most popular television personalities. He lives in London.

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“A deeply engaging love story.” (Big Issue)

“[A] poignant examination of the impact of history upon individual lives.” (Booklist)

“An earnest tale of wartime secrets... a well-written, interesting and earnest novel... There’s much to respect and enjoy.” (Daily Telegraph (London) Novel of the Week)

“David Baddiel sheds light on an almost unknown slice of War history.” (Publishing News)

“A satisfying, brave novel.” (The Observer)

“An intriguing novel about history and truth . . . The intelligence and inquiry of this book will surprise many.” (London Times)

“Intelligently written... an inventive addition to Holocaust fiction.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A moving account... as relationships develop, so does the political climate. Fascinating.” (New Woman)

“Moving... his tone is one of wry despair rather than outrage.” (Sunday Times (London))

“[The Secret Purposes] reads like a more intelligent version of Sebastian Faulks.” (Daily Telegraph (London))

“Convincing and compelling . . . a wonderful novel.” (The Jewish Chronicle)

“Page-turning, cleverly constructed . . . without losing either his sense of humour or his fluid style.” (The Guardian)

“One that will suprise you... ” (Marie Claire (UK))

“Impeccably researched, intellectual... and above all incredibly moving.” (Bookseller (London))

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