The second visionary novel in the Fractured Europe
series that began with Europe in Autumn
. A thriller of future espionage, murder, parallel realities and terrible secrets. "Reading Europe at Midnight is a little like unlocking an insane Matryoshka doll. Each layer is exquisitely crafted on the surface, but it never fails to give way to an even more outlandish layer beneath... This is high-powered fiction of the cleverest sort." LA Review of Books
In a fractured Europe, new nations are springing up everywhere, some literally overnight.
For an intelligence officer like Jim, it's a nightmare. Every week or so a friendly power spawns a new and unknown national entity which may or may not be friendly to England's interests. It's hard to keep on top of it all. But things are about to get worse for Jim.
A stabbing on a London bus pitches him into a world where his intelligence service is preparing for war with another universe, and a man has come who may hold the key to unlocking Europe's most jealously-guarded secret... "With seemingly effortless literary flair, Hutchinson reveals how the stories intersect in a complex, unsettling allegory of political manoeuvring, subterfuge and statecraft." The Guardian
"Europe at Midnight
is as rich and as relevant as its predecessor. It's funny, fantastical, readable and remarkable regardless of your prior experience of the series." Tor.com "Hutchinson writes with wit and humanity and remarkable political nous. We sympathise with the characters because it is easy to see ourselves in them, struggling to live an ordinary life in circumstances that are never quite as ordinary as we might like them to be." Locus
"Hutchinson's prose combines the dogged realism of Philip K Dick, the linguistic flair of China Miéville and the vision of Peter Higgins. Europe at Midnight is mind-expanding, accessible yet deeply layered fiction that anything those Pulitzer-, Man Booker- or Hugo-Award-winners could offer." SF Book
About the Author
Dave Hutchinson was born in Sheffield. After reading American Studies at the University of Nottingham, he became a journalist. He's the author of five collections of short stories and one novel, and his novella The Push was shortlisted for the 2010 BSFA award for short fiction. He has also edited two anthologies and co-edited a third. His short story The Incredible Exploding Man featured in the first Solaris Rising anthology, and appeared in the Year's Best Science Fiction collection. The Fractured Europe Sequence has been nominted for multiple awards including the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and The British Science Ficiton Award. He lives in north London with his wife and several cats.