Nigel Jones

Past Masters

Winter in Madrid

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It is a bold author who, having found acclaim with two historical novels firmly grounded in a particular period, sets his third novel in an entirely different place some 500 years later – but that is what C J Sansom has done, and he has pulled it off magnificently.

Sansom, a Sussex solicitor, won critical applause with his first two titles, Dissolution and Dark Fire, historical whodunits set during the dangerous reign of Henry VIII. Winter in Madrid, while not exactly a whodunit, shares with them the author’s enviable ability to land his readers in an alien world, yet make them feel entirely at home. 

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