A fantastic trilogy of historical fiction set in the 20th century.

From 1930s Soviet Union to 1950s communist Hungary via 1940s Nazi Germany, a triple set of novels depicting love, life and survival living under oppression, fear and tyranny.

The Black Maria
‘When love becomes your greatest enemy’

Maria has a past – the sort that, if known, would cost her her freedom. So monstrous her past crime, she is forced to live a lie. Maria marries Petrov, a Party activist, not out of love, but as a means of forming a new identity, to escape her past. Her existence is safe – but dull. Until the day she meets Dmitry.

“I don't recall being quite as thoroughly chilled by Solzhenitsyn's works as I was with Rupert Colley's The Black Maria.”

“I'm seriously in awe. It's a remarkable piece of historical fiction. It's dark, gritty, and really quite disturbing. And heartbreaking at the same time. A brilliant achievement!”

My Brother the Enemy
‘Fear on the streets. Death on every corner. But the real enemy is the brother at his side.’

A story of jealousy, sibling rivalry and betrayal, and a desperate bid for freedom, set against a backdrop of Nazi oppression and war.

“This book not only grabs your mind, but grips your heart and won't let go! Grab the tissue box and hold on.”

“Turbulent historical setting? Check. Vivid descriptions? Check. Realistic and likeable central character? Check. Page-turning excitement? Check. Heart-stopping denouement? Check. Passion, heroism, betrayal? Check, check, and check."

Anastasia
‘Sometimes the simplest of choices can have the most devastating of consequences.
Sometimes falling in love can be a curse.
Sometimes being the hard man is the hardest job.’

Hungary, 1949. George, Eva and Zoltan. Three people trying to live by the rules within a system that demands total obedience. And at the heart of the novel, the everlasting presence of Eva's dead baby - Anastasia.

“Characters come alive -- you get into their heads. They are empathetic or cruel and heartless, but always interesting. There is the dark side of human nature as well as its opposite.”

“Impactful. Heart-wrenching. An important read.”

By Rupert Colley, founder, editor and writer of the bestselling ‘History In An Hour’ series of ebooks and audio, published by HarperCollins.

Historical fiction with heart and drama.
Fear on the streets. Death on every corner. But the real enemy is the brother at his side.

Part of The Love and War Series, novels set during the 20th century's darkest years.

A short, heart-wrenching historical novella on a large canvas from the founder of History In An Hour.

My Brother the Enemy is a story of jealousy, sibling rivalry and betrayal, and a desperate bid for freedom, set against a backdrop of Nazi oppression and war.

1936 – Exiled by the Nazi regime for their father’s beliefs, Peter’s love for his brother is slowly eroded as Martin proves himself to be ruthless and manipulative. When Monika comes into their young lives, their mutual jealousies heighten and threaten to tear them apart.

1941 – A childhood accident saves Peter from active service. His brother, posted to the killing fields of the Eastern Front, isn’t so lucky.

1945 – Berlin is torn apart by Allied bombs. Amid the carnage and death that descends over the city, Martin returns from Russia – battered and embittered. The twins’ seething bitterness and their shared love for Monika finally explodes with devastating consequences.

“Turbulent historical setting? Check. Vivid descriptions? Check. Realistic and likeable central character? Check. Page-turning excitement? Check. Heart-stopping denouement? Check. Passion, heroism, betrayal? Check, check, and check.”

“This book not only grabs your mind, but grips your heart and won’t let go! Grab the tissue box and hold on.”

“Could hardly stand to put it down but at the same time I didn’t want to finish it! Would recommend to all.”

“This is a fantastic first novel from an already established and excellent, non-fiction history author …The characters were fully formed and utterly believable.”

“The characters are well drawn and the ending is especially clever.”

“A short but compelling historical novella.”

“This is a superbly written and acutely observed book, with well-rounded characters and convincing dialogue … (which) certainly packs a considerable punch.”
Two brothers. One woman. A nation at war.

A compelling story of war, brotherly love, passion and betrayal during World War One.

Vast in scope and intimate in the portrayal of three lives swept along by circumstances, ‘This Time Tomorrow’ moves from the drawing rooms of Edwardian London to the trenches of the Western Front and to the uncertainty of post-war Britain.

When Guy Searight volunteers to fight with the British army in the early days of World War One, he leaves behind his girlfriend, Mary. While away fighting, Guy’s younger brother, Jack, seizes an opportunity to woo Mary for himself.

Forthright and self assured, Guy has always looked out for his confident but frail brother and blithely promises his fretting mother that he’ll look out for him when Jack’s turn comes to join up. But embittered by Jack’s betrayal, Guy vows that when Jack has to face the horrors of war for himself, he won’t be there to look after him.

When the brothers are reunited in the trenches of the Western Front, their thoughts are both with Mary. As Jack buckles under the strain of war, can Guy sustain his anger and allow his brother to suffer alone?

A shocking event, catastrophic in its intensity and barbaric in its conclusion, forces Guy to re-evaluate his relationship with his brother, with Mary and ultimately himself.

‘This Time Tomorrow’ is a tale of love, loss and longing.

“Great descriptive story… brought tears to my eyes… very well written… couldn’t put it down… highlyrecommend… you won’t be disappointed.”

“You will surely LOVE this book. It’s brilliant.”

“Should be read by anyone with a conscience in order that we never forget.”

“An immense journey … I cried several times! I strongly recommend this enriching read; the characters will stay with you for a long time afterwards.”

“A cinematic view of the Western Front.”

“The dialogue is masterful … Not to be missed.”

“An incredibly moving novel and wonderfully written. Highly recommended and one which I shall long remember.”

“A beautiful novel.”

“For days I found my thoughts drifting back to instances in the story … It would be a moving drama if this novel could be made into a movie.”

“Each time I picked this up to read a few chapters, I’d end up reading far longer than intended, until I finally gave up and sat and finished it.”

“Excellent characterizations.”
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