Summary

John Holderness, known to the women in his life as ‘Wilderness’, comes of age during World War II in Stepney, breaking into houses with his grandfather. After the war, Wilderness is recruited as MI5’s resident ‘cat burglar’ and finds himself in Berlin, involved with schemes in the booming black market that put both him and his relationships in danger.
In 1963 it is a most unusual and lucrative request that persuades Wilderness to return - to smuggle someone under the Berlin Wall and out of East Germany. But this final scheme may prove to be one challenge too far....
©2014 John Lawton (P)2014 Oakhill Publishing
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Critic reviews

"A superbly well-built Cold War cocktail - bracing, deliriously delicious, but carrying the slightly bitter aftertaste of dreams gone bad." ( Booklist)
"John Lawton finds himself in the same boat as the late Patrick O'Brian - a sublimely elegant historical novelist as addictive as crack but overlooked by too many readers for too long." ( Daily Telegraph on A Lily of the Field)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Flora Poste on 23-04-18

Another great story from John Lawton

What made the experience of listening to Then We Take Berlin the most enjoyable?

Everything! His plots are complex but clear, always deeply absorbing and funny too. The historical detail is beautifully presented and never intrusive, set in the often neglected period immediately post war in Britain and Europe.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The central character Wilderness is a delight but also the old forger, who's name I have forgotten

Which character – as performed by Lewis Hancock – was your favourite?

The old forger

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The suicide of Wilderness's father

Any additional comments?

I've started listening again to the second in this series, (I bought them the wrong way around) and I can't wait for Mr Lawton to write another. I'd thoroughly recommend the Troy novels too.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Paula McMullan on 21-07-17

Not really a Cold War thriller at all

Although the story of chancer Joe is deftly written and narrated, the Cold War really only appears in the final hour of this talking book. However it is a very detailed and finally observed history of the end of World War II and its aftermath. I kept expecting something to happen, but it never really did.

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