Fans of carlos ruiz zafns the shadow of the wind and sebastian faulkss birdsong will fall in love with winter in madrid the arresting new novel from cj sansomin september 1940 the spanish civil war is over and madrid lies in ruins while the germans continue their march through europe. Winter in madrid is a fast paced spy novel that sends a reluctant british war veteran who suffers from bouts of post traumatic stress to war torn spain to spy on an old private school friend who was always getting into trouble as a boy. Winter in madrid is a spy novel written by c j sansom the setting is just after the spanish civil war in 1940 the main character is a wounded veteran harry brett he received his wounds during the dunkirk withdrawal the book is purposely set in madrid where francisco franco resided. Winter in madrid was the second book that i wrote and going to a completely different place and time albeit one where i also knew the historical background and writing in the third person rather than the first as well as having three narrators was challenging but very enjoyable. Book summary a vivid and haunting depiction of wartime spain winter in madrid is an intimate and riveting tale that offers a remarkable sense of history unfolding and the profound impact of impossible choices
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