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Resistance by Owen Sheers is out in paperback at 12 euros.

After the fall of Russia and the failed D-Day landings in 1944, a German counter-attack lands on British soil. Within a month, half of Britain is occupied.

Sarah Lewis, a 26-year-old farmer’s wife, wakes to find her husband Tom has disappeared and she is not alone.

All the other women in the isolated Welsh border valley of Olchon also wake to find their husbands gone.

With this sudden and unexplained absence, the women regroup as an isolated all-female community and wait, hoping for news.

A German patrol arrives in the valley but the purpose of their mission is a mystery. When a severe winter forces the two groups to co-operate, a fragile mutual dependency develops. Sarah begins a faltering acquaintance with the patrol’s commanding officer, Albrecht Wolfram, but as the pressure of the war beyond presses in on them, the valley’s delicate state of harmony is increasingly threatened, before being broken completely with devastating consequences.