Resistance (Sheers novel)

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First edition cover
AuthorOwen Sheers
Cover artistJohnny Ring
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreRomantic, alternate history
PublisherFaber and Faber Limited
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
ISBN978-0-571-22964-2 (first edition, hardback)

Resistance is an alternative history novel by Welsh poet and author Owen Sheers. The plot centers around the inhabitants of a valley near Abergavenny in Wales in 1944–45, shortly after the failure of Operation Overlord and a successful German counter-invasion of Great Britain. A group of German Wehrmacht soldiers stay there after the wives' husbands leave to serve in the covert British Resistance. The novel follows abandoned farmer's wife Sarah Lewis and German commanding officer Albrecht Wolfram as they form an unlikely relationship in spite of their backgrounds and political standings.

The novel was adapted for film in 2011.

The Hereford Mappa Mundi features prominently in the book.[1]


Upon her husband's disappearance Sarah is forced to take care of the farm. Meanwhile, she develops a relationship with German commanding officer Albrecht Wolfram as he and the other invaders seek to locate an item for Himmler's collection.


  • Sarah Lewis the protagonist is a 26-year-old farmer's wife who in her husband's absence learns that she must fulfill his responsibilities of taking care of the farm. Sarah, initially upset at the disappearance of her husband and the other men, over the course of the novel begins to accept to herself and others that they may not return.


  1. ^ Paul Binding (2007-06-15). "Resistance, by Owen Sheers – Reviews, Books – The Independent". Archived from the original on 2008-09-25. Retrieved 2008-09-25.