Country Road, A Tree
Jo Baker

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Narrated By: David Rintoul

Duration: 10 hours and 37 minutes

What to expect


Paris, 1939: The pavement rumbles with the footfall of Nazi soldiers marching along the Champs Elysees. A young writer, recently arrived from Ireland to make his mark, smokes one last cigarette with his lover before the city they know is torn apart. Soon, he will put is own life and those of his loved ones in mortal danger by joining the Resistance...

Spies, artists, deprivation, danger and passion: this is a story of life at the edges of human experience, and of how one man came to translate it all into art.

Praise for Jo Baker's LONGBOURN:
'Intoxicating' Guardian
'Engrossing' Sunday Times
'Audacious' New York Times


Modern & contemporary fiction, Second World War fiction, Historical fiction, Romance

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vivid and well-wrought

Times Literary Supplement

Skilful . . . daring . . . an extraordinary story

The Guardian

Beautifully written, empathetic and unflinching, it is very, very good

Daily Mail

A fascinating fictional account of Samuel Beckett's wartime years


[It is] the unexpected Beckett that is on show here. Baker pays tribute to a man who joined the French Resistance, narrowly escaped the Gestapo, fled south on foot and went into hiding, and was eventually awarded the Croix de Guerre