Sir Alfred Dreyfus, eminent headmaster of one of the greatest schools in England, is found guilty of a heinous crime. When Sam Temple, literary agent, visits Dreyfus in prison with a proposal for a book, he finds a man sunk beyond despair. Dreyfus begins, reluctantly, the appalling narrative of his betrayal; as he proceeds, he must also confront his own guilt for a lifetime’s denial of his Jewish origins.
Bernice Rubens has created a character of profound and moving humanity; in placing him at the end of our century, she makes his story a personal tragedy resonating with historical tragedy, bound in with the fate of six million others.
After reading Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris I was intrigued to find another book which at first I thought had to do with L'Affaire Dreyfus. Well this is and isn't about the French Dreyfus case. It is also about anti-semitism, prejudice and injustice but retold in a very English and modern setting and (without demeaning the seriousness of those issues) with a bit of a crime mystery element thrown in.
As a fiction story it holds its own and is superb on that front alone but it is so much more than that...
As for the narration, this is one of the easiest to listen to narrators that I have come across. Perfect simplicity without any annoying false sounding tones or accents.
I'll be looking out for more both by the author and by the narrator.