Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Brookes Professor of Caribbean History has new historical novel published

Friday, 18 January 2019

The Hidden Mary Chamberlain

Professor of Caribbean History at Oxford Brookes University, Mary Chamberlain has recently had her new historical novel ‘The Hidden’ published by Oneworld Publications.

‘The Hidden’ is a story of love, betrayal, shame and survival set during the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands. Dora Simon and Joe Cleary live in separate countries, accepting of their twilight years. But they are forced to confront a time they thought was buried in the past and their lives unravel- and entwine.

Sarah Day, author of Mussolini’s Island called it: ’Beautiful, shocking and utterly absorbing’ and said, ‘The Hidden casts light on an episode in our wartime history which is so rarely told... Mary Chamberlain writes beautifully about war, love and survival, brilliantly portraying the struggles of individuals, especially women, forced into desperate acts in order to endure.'

Mary, who is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of a range of academic, editorial and government advisory boards, is integral to the faculty of History, Philosophy and Culture at Oxford Brookes. She brings expertise on women’s history and Caribbean history (notably on Caribbean migration and diasporic Caribbean families) and now West Indian consciousness and independent nationhood, to the University.

Mary was also a founding and principal editor of the Memory and Narrative series, a Trustee and current advisor of the National Life Story Collection of the National Sound Archive of the British Library, and a member of the advisory group of the Raphael Samuel History Centre. She has been a consultant to the Barbados Government's National Oral History Project, and a member of the UK Government’s Caribbean Advisory Group (1998-2002). She has also held visiting professorships at the University of the West Indies and at New York University and is a member of the Peer Review College and has served on studentship and research panels.

Oxford Brookes University is delighted with the success of an academic held in such high esteem and wishes her luck with the release of ‘The Hidden’ on the 7th of February this year.

For more information on ‘The Hidden’, please visit: oneworld-publications

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