Books by Simon Mawer

PRAGUE SPRING by Simon Mawer
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Making a strong return to the Eastern European setting of his acclaimed novel The Glass Room (2009), British author Mawer limns the Cold War to affecting and ultimately chilling effect."
During the calm before the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, two European couples in Prague get caught up in the era's false promise of love and freedom. Read full book review >
TIGHTROPE by Simon Mawer
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Very much in the vein of John le Carré—a damaged individual trapped in a complex and morally ambiguous international intrigue set on the stage of the early Cold War."
Mawer (Trapeze, 2012, etc.) dives into the hurricane of evil that was World War II and the Holocaust, examining the horror through Marian Sutro, an agent for Britain's Special Operations Executive whose life later becomes dezimformatsiya personified. Read full book review >
THE FALL by Simon Mawer
Released: Jan. 7, 2003

"Nothing new, really (the secret kept by one generation from another may not satisfy wholly once it's revealed), but well and skillfully done: the landscapes are wonderful, the history sharp, the climbing scenes awesome."
British author of the extraordinary Mendel's Dwarf (1998) returns with a much more ordinary tale of star-crossed love. Read full book review >
Released: May 22, 2001

"Readers who've enjoyed Arturo Perez-Reverte's sophisticated thrillers won't want to miss The Gospel of Judas. Mawer is rapidly proving himself one of the genre's contemporary masters."
Religious mystery, sexual intrigue, and the enigmas of identity—all are mingled together in this breathtakingly readable intellectual thriller. Read full book review >
MENDEL'S DWARF by Simon Mawer
Released: March 1, 1998

Britisher Mawer's fourth novel and first to appear here is a riveting tour de force of science, suspense, philosophy, and—well, love. A research scientist in genetics, 38-year-old Benedict Lambert is a great-great-great-nephew of Gregor Mendel, the long- unrecognized Austrian priest who himself discovered genetics. Perhaps his kinship with Mendel pushed Lambert toward genetic research—though more likely it was the fact that Lambert himself is a genetic accident, a mutant: specifically, an achondroplastic dwarf. Tiny, with stubby limbs, huge head, and concave face, he causes most who see him to think of the circus. Little do they know, however, that he, like Mendel, is also a genius, seeking the one, chance-determined genetic signal—the ``single letter spelling mistake in thirty-three billion''—that causes achondroplastic dwarfs to be born. As he works, thus, at the forefront of genetic research, the question, of course, is whether he'll find his elusive quarry. Mawer's novel, though, isn't only about science, but also about people—and the suffering, acerbic, intelligent, thoughtful Lambert comes nothing if not alive. What is life like for a dwarf, and where is love to be found? Alternate chapters tell the century-old story of the stoic and celibate Mendel and the now- story of the equally stoic Lambert—including his love for charmingly mousy librarian Jean Piercey and the remarkable direction this love travels in: including not only pregnancy but a breath-stopping mystery that's unsolved (if then) until the end. Laboratory pyrotechnics, adultery, sex, outraged husband—all are narrated by the gifted Lambert, who, both as raconteur and as geneticist, knows that God, life, and chance are all one (he's ``peered behind the scenery. . . and there's nothing there''). Readable, engrossing, compelling, profound. A cornucopia of science—a veritable primer of genetics and DNA—and a story to boot that will wrench you, involve you, and leave you quite wilted. Wonderful. Read full book review >