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The Winter Agent


February 1944. In London, Washington and Berlin, everyone knows the Allied invasion of Europe is coming. Marc Reece, a French-American agent living undercover in Paris for Britain’s Special Operations Executive, discovers that Germany has a new weapon: a spy highly placed within Britain’s intelligence services who is about to mount an operation that will destroy D-Day from within.

Reece is given a vital mission: locate and recover an SS intelligence file that could unmask the spy and prevent Germany turning the tide of the War. To do so, he must evade the Gestapo major, Sturmbannfuhrer Klaussmann, who is pursuing him with ruthless efficiency.

But, just as Reece gets his hands on the SS document, it is stolen by a member of his own network: Charlotte, the woman with whom he has been conducting an affair. Is she working for the Nazis or is she hiding a deeper secret?

The truth is finally revealed and Reece finds himself a pawn in a gambit stretching from London to Berlin. In the end, he must decide between revenge on those who have deceived him and his duty as an agent.

Inspired by an astonishing true story, The Winter Agent is published by Penguin/Michael Joseph

Reviews of The Winter Agent

Weaving in real events and characters, this meticulously researched story – rich in tales of loyalty and double dealing – captures perfectly the horror and heroism of the era, and is delivered at a cracking pace.

The Sunday Mirror


The plot races along, with plenty of surprises and red herrings.

The Times

Inspired by real life events, Rubin’s gripping second novel follows secret agent Marc Reece as he hunts for a German spy in the months leading up to D-Day.

The i

Rubin brings to life a fascinating episode in wartime history with clarity and style.

The Lady

A galloping read. 

Radio New Zealand

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The inspiration

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Liberation Square


After the disastrous failure of D-Day, Britain is occupied by Nazi Germany, and only rescued by Russian soldiers arriving from the east and Americans from the west. The two superpowers divide the nation between them, a wall running through London like a scar.
Liberation Square is published by Penguin/Michael Joseph 

Reviews of Liberation Square

One could spend happy hours mentally chewing over the details of Rubin’s “Republic of Great Britain”, and deciding whether or not it improves on reality. (George Orwell has been saved from terminal illness – hooray! – but only after being interned in a “re-education camp” – boo!) However, his ingenuity knows its place, and he gives the knotty plot room to breathe. This is far more than an intellectual exercise – it is a gripping story, with heart.

The Daily Telegraph

Tightly plotted, tense and set in a chillingly plausible world.

Sunday Mirror

A richly imagined thriller set in an alternate past.

The People.

A gripping and well-imagined yarn.

The Sun

It all makes for a good read based on the question: What if Britain had lost the War?

Australian Women's Weekly

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The Great Cat Massacre

A History of Britain in 100 Mistakes



In 1914 a train pulled into a provincial British railway station. The porter, a

curious chap, asked the regiment of soldiers where they were from. ‘Ross-shire,’

one called down, but the porter heard ‘Russia’. And so began a rumour that led to

Germany losing the First World War.

Because the history we learn at school is only half the story. We hear of the

heroic deeds and visionary leaders, we never hear about the people who turn

up late for court and thereby change the law or stand in the wrong queue at

university and accidentally win the Nobel prize.


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