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Based partly on the author’s own life and family history, The Sixth Lamentation is an intelligent thriller full of twists, turns, and surprises that moves effortlessly back and forth in time between occupied France and modern day England. Edward Schwermann, an old man living in England in the mid-90s, seeks sanctuary in a Suffolk priory. Agnes Aubret has just been diagnosed with terminal motor neuron disease. She feels it’s time to tell her granddaughter, Lucy, secrets about her past while living in Occupied Paris. Agnes was a member of a resistance group that smuggled Jewish Children to safety. Her story merges with Schwermann’s—a Nazi criminal—in this powerful debut novel that explores the legacies of history and the way time changes memory.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A wonderful novel…Astonishing for a new writer…The engrossing essence of this novel is the morality of the individual. And…the questions we are left with are ones that are basic to human existence. [An] unputdownable book.”

    Times (London)

  • “Brodrick writes well about age and memory, buried pasts and the consequence of opening them up.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “[A] dazzling debut novel…Complicated and involving, a heartbreaking rendition of the unspeakable moral choices faced in times of crisis.”


  • “One of the strongest debuts of the year…A breathtaking thriller packed with well-defined characters and unexpected plot twists that will keep readers guessing until the final pages.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “An engrossing story of courage and suspense.”

    Evening Herald (London)

  • “Brodrick has written a mesmerizing book. His prose is stunning, and the settings are evocatively rendered, creating a literary thriller that is several notches above the formulaic tales of intrigue that are so prolific today.”

    Chattanooga Times Free Press

  • “Rich with medieval and biblical allusion, The Sixth Lamentation is an intricate mystery of both the mind and soul…[Brodrick] has written an engrossing novel in which appearances are disastrously deceptive and the sins of the father painfully come to bear on the sons (and daughters).”

    USA Today

  • “Masterful…Nothing is as it seems, and the truth is revealed layer by layer as the past gives up its secrets.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Thoughtful and complex.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A 2004 Dilys Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Damien | 11/27/2010

    " Not a bad book by any means, but left me feeling a little unfulfilled by it. Bit disappointing and convoluted, found myself wanting to finish it just to get to the end rather because I cared about the story or characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary | 10/11/2010

    " Good to very well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marietta | 4/24/2010

    " I loved this book, so different from other books I have read. Interesting and gripping to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cindy | 2/24/2010

    " a 3.5 things were a bit too contrived with the ending "

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About the Author

William Brodrick is a practicing barrister, prior to which he was an Augustinian Friar. He lives in England.