The Churchill Memorandum
In an alternative 1959 – no WWII – the British Empire is threatened by a dastardly plot. Cast includes Harold Macmillan, Michael Foot, Ayn Rand, Alan Greenspan, Enoch Powell, a dodgy Indian doctor, and a hero whose patriotism is balanced only by cowardice and stupidity. Is this a comic parody of John Buchan, or a serious novel of ideas? Or is it both? More
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
“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, screenplay.” John Kersey