Could it have happened here? The Night of the Long Knives, the ruthless plunder of foreign territories, Crystal Night, the Holocaust? If Adolf Hitler had been an Englishman, would he simply have been laughed at, as is often said? For many years we used to think so. Maybe nowadays we are not quite so sure. When Jim Craven regains consciousness in hospital late one October afternoon, he is puzzled and confused by the world he finds around him. It is still 2005, but numerous things are not as he remembers - society is strangely old-fashioned, and the political landscape unrecognisable, with major historical events having come to drastically different conclusions. In particular, there is an English Hitler. A posturing, vainglorious, anti-Semitic upstart with dreams of world conquest, who achieves power lawfully, through the ballot box. And despite the satirical humour occasionally enlivening this book, ridicule does not stop him. A Nazi England, headed by an English Hitler, was indeed a 'Virgin's Daughter'. It didn't happen. And now presumably it never will happen. But could it have happened?
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