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Cloud Chamber Clare George

Cloud Chamber By Clare George

Cloud Chamber by Clare George

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Walter, a young Australian, comes to England to be a scientist at the Cavendish laboratory in Cambridge, involved in experiments which lead to the atomic bomb. But by 1945 he struggles to keep his marriage together and come to terms with what he - as a pacifist - sees as a betrayal by his mentors.

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Cloud Chamber by Clare George

Walter is a young Australian who comes to England (falling in love with a beautiful and feisty schoolteacher on the boat journey) to follow his dream of being a scientist at the Cavendish laboratory in Cambridge. There he falls under the spell of the charismatic scientists involved in splitting the atom and the other experiments that eventually led to the building of the atomic bomb. In 1945, in London, an older, disillusioned Walter struggles to keep his marriage together and to come to terms with what he - as a pacifist - saw as a terrible betrayal by his mentors and his best friend Alan Nunn May. Meanwhile, Nunn May is back in London, keeping a low profile and being shadowed by a rather inept and unenthusiastic spy. Walter is the only person Alan has seen since his return and so unwittingly, he and his family fall under surveillance too. The story that unfolds is an engrossing tale of friendship and betrayal, of forgiveness and enduring love and of the dangerous burden of scientific knowledge.

Cloud Chamber Reviews

This erudite and technically accomplished novel imparts a great deal about the splitting of the atom in the 1930s and the moral maze that led to the Atomic Bomb. Partly based on her own grandfather, an Australian who won a scholarship to study at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge where much of the early scientific work was done, The Cloud Chamber captures the confusion caused by an equation capable of destroying the world. Her fictional physicist is a pacifist who becomes dismayed by the building of the Hiroshima Bomb and who has befriended Alan Nunn May, later to betray secrets to the Russians. Although perseverance is required to follow the twists and turns of the experiments, the 1930s peace movement and the amateurishness of the security sleuthing, much light is shed on shady and chaotic events that altered the course of history.

About Clare George

Clare George is 30 years old. She is a graduate of the University of East Anglia Creative Writing Course, and she lives and works in London. 'The Cloud Chamber' is her first novel.

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Cloud Chamber by Clare George
Used - Very Good
Hodder & Stoughton
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