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Carey, C J

Entry updated 13 June 2021. Tagged: Author.

Pseudonym of Venezuelan-born journalist and author Jane Thynne (1961-    ), in the UK from childhood; married to Philip Kerr until his death in 2018. Her fiction under her own name is nonfantastic; she is best known for the Clara Vine series of thrillers set in Germany before World War Two [not listed below]. She is of sf interest for Widowland (2021) as by C J Carey, an Alternate History Hitler Wins tale set in the occupied Dystopian Britain of 1953, whose Protector, Alfred Rosenberg [in real life (1893-executed 1946)], ensures that women are treated according to traditional Nazi values (see Feminism; Women in SF). These values, cogently unpacked here, were first exposed fictionally in Katharine Burdekin's Swastika Night (1937) as by Murray Constantine. The protagonist of Widowland, whose affair with an upper-level apparatchik leads to her undertaking the task of rewriting classic works of literature to accord with Nazi doctrine, is enlightened about the true nature of her world through contact with women over fifty, who are interned in the eponymous camp as they have passed childbearing age. [JC]

Jane Thynne

born Venezuela: 5 April 1961

works (highly selected)

  • Widowland (London: Quercus, 2021) as by C J Carey [hb/]


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