Dominion (Sansom novel)

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Dominion
Dominion book cover.jpeg
First edition cover
Author C. J. Sansom
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject Political thriller
Genre Alternate history
Publisher Macmillan
Publication date
25 October 2012
Media type Hardback
Pages 608
ISBN 978-0230744165

Dominion is a 2012 alternate history novel by British author C. J. Sansom. It is a political thriller set in the early 1950s against the backdrop of a Britain that has become a satellite state of Nazi Germany.[1] The point of divergence from actual history is that Lord Halifax, rather than Winston Churchill, succeeded Neville Chamberlain as Prime Minister in May 1940.[1]

Awards[edit]

Dominion won the 2013 Sidewise Award for Alternate History, Long Form.[2][3]

Controversy[edit]

Sansom's fictionalised portrayal of some historical figures (among them Lord Beaverbrook, Oswald Mosley, Enoch Powell, and Marie Stopes) as members of a Quisling puppet government caused some controversy. Powell's depiction in particular was problematic:[4] Journalist Peter Hitchens called it a "babyish, historically illiterate slur" and called on Sansom to apologise to Powell's family.[5] Allan Massie for The Daily Telegraph, however, defended the portrayal, arguing that "in the make-believe world of counter-factual history, a novelist is entitled to take a different line" and that having a younger version of Powell be as such was "not inherently improbable."[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b C. J. Sansom (19 October 2012). "My nightmare of a Nazi Britain". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Silver, Steven H (1 July 2013). "Sidewise Award Nominees". SF Site. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Glyer, Mike (31 August 2013). "2013 Sidewise Awards". File 770. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Enoch Powell widow 'furious' over 'ludicrous' slur that portray her husband as a Nazi sympathiser". Daily Mail. 6 January 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Peter Hitchens (13 January 2013). "We dole out £207bn in benefits. Even lemmings aren't that dumb". Mail on Sunday. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Allan Massie (7 January 2013). "Enoch Powell was no fascist. But it's not ridiculous for an author to imagine him in a pro-Nazi government". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 February 2013.