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Set in the East Germany of 1982, Winter in Berlin tells the story of a mysterious Scottish historian who has come to East Berlin to make a study of the historiographical treatment of Bismarck by East German scholars. But perhaps this is not his only reason. It is a time of serious unrest in Poland, barely 50 miles to the east, where the workers organised into the Solidarity union are challenging the Stalinist government. A secret socialist sympathiser, politically opposed to what he sees as the pseudo-socialism of the Stalinist GDR regime, the historian struggles to distribute socialist leaflets, smuggled from Britain, among the workers of East Berlin. Meanwhile he becomes embroiled in a passionate and complicated love affair with a young Bulgarian student. Closely monitored in all of his activities - legal and illegal - by both the East German authorities and the British Cultural Mission, it is only a matter of time before he is captured.
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Originally from Aberdeen, Ian Mitchell has lived in Glasgow for the past thirty years. Winner of the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature for A View from the Ridge, historian Ian R. Mitchell gave up teaching to write full time. Ian's background in historical research, coupled with indepth personal experience of East Berlin in the 1980s, allows him to create an authentic historical novel. His previous exercise in historical fiction, Mountain Outlaw, was described by the renowned historian E J Hobsbawm as 'fascinating...a fine piece of work...more support for my ideas on social banditry.'

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'What is intriguing about this about [Winter in Berlin] is its depiction of a period of history which, even for some of us of an older generation, is largely forgotten.' ANDREW DRUMMOND, novelist

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