Praise for C.J. Sansom's Dominion
Longlisted, 2014 International Impac Dublin Literary Award
"Engaging.... Sansom's scenario is all too real, and it has sparked a
modest controversy among it-couldn't-happen-here readers across the
water.... Sansom has done admirably. A rich and densely plotted story that
will make Winston Churchill buffs admire the man even more."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"An absorbing, thoughtful, spy-politico thriller set in the fog-ridden
London of 1952.... Part adventure, part espionage, all encompassed by
terrific atmosphere and a well-argued 'it might have been.'"
—Marcel Berlins, The Times
"A haunting, vividly imagined novel.... The alternative Britain that
Sansom constructs, a brilliant amalgam of the 1950s as they actually
were and as they might have been, is entirely convincing. Throwaway
details cleverly add verisimilitude to his portrait. The tale he sets
within his parallel universe is at once exciting, sophisticated and
—Nick Rennison, The Sunday Times
"C.J. Sansom has long been one of my favorite writers, but Dominion may
be his most richly imagined book yet: it's a wonderful example of what
the novel can do — a through-the-looking-glass glimpse
into a world that might have been, and almost was."
—Kate Atkinson, author of Life After Life
"Tremendous novel that shakes historical preconceptions while also
sending shivers down the spine."
"Masterly.... Sketched with hallucinatory clarity.... Sansom,
whose Tudor mysteries showed his feeling for the plight of good people
in a brutal, treacherous society, builds his nightmare Britain from the
sooty bricks of truth.... Dominion shows us what a truly broken
Britain would look, and feel, like."