John Lawton on Research

An interview has appeared in Crime Time as A Lily of the Field goes into paperback in April and the backlist of Troy novels starts to follow in July.

‘ … There’s a line drawn in history in 1945 between war and peace, that is really quite deceptive … we focus on things like VE Night at Piccadilly Circus … but in Europe people went on dying in the hundreds of thousands. Twenty-five percent of the inmates of Belsen survived the war but not the peace. The Russians hung onto German POWs until 1955. It’s as though combat stopped but war didn’t. Germany in the late forties is close to unimaginable. I’d have said it was a subject scarcely scratched compared to the war itself … ’