Half a Crown (novel)

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Half a Crown
Author Jo Walton
Country United States
Language English
Series Small Change
Genre Alternate history novel
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date
September 30, 2008
Media type Print (Hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-7653-1621-9
OCLC 213301014
823/.914 22
LC Class PR6073.A448 H34 2008
Preceded by Ha'penny

Half a Crown is a science fiction novel written by Jo Walton published by Tor Books in September 2008. The first "Small Change" novel, Farthing, was released in August 2006. The second novel in the trilogy, Ha'penny, was released in October 2007.

Plot summary[edit]

The book is a thriller set inside an alternate history in which the United Kingdom made peace with Adolf Hitler and the United States did not become involved in World War II. The British government has become fascist and authoritarian. Peter Carmichael, formerly a police inspector at Scotland Yard, is now head of the secret police called "The Watch". He must deal with political intrigue by those jealous of his position and safeguard his teenage ward while keeping secret his illicit activities helping Jews and dissidents who wish to flee the country.


Publishers Weekly was mixed in its review saying "Walton's understated prose and deft characterizations elevate this above similar works such as Fatherland and SS-GB. Some readers, though, may feel let down by an optimistic ending that jars with the series' overall downbeat tone."[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Half a Crown was a finalist for the 2009 Prometheus Award.[2]

Publication history[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Half a Crown". Publishers Weekly 255 (31): 43. August 4, 2008. ISSN 0000-0019. 
  2. ^ "Prometheus Finalists". Science Fiction Awards Watch. July 6, 2009. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 

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