Shadow at Evening
By Diana Bachmann
Nuclear disaster in the Channel Islands…
Basking in prosperity, Guernsey is one of the most peaceful places on earth. But the island lies only twenty-four miles from the French mainland, and at the nearest point on that mainland, Cap Flamanville, is a nuclear electricity generating plant, while just north of Flamanville, at Cap de la Hague, is a nuclear waste reprocessing plant. These plants shelter behind massive security systems and fail-safe procedures. An accident is unthinkable, while sabotage would have to be on a scale which is next to unimaginable. And yet…
On a bright summer’s evening, the inhabitants of Guernsey find themselves face to face with the unthinkable. This is the story of three traumatic days when a community which has endured, in many ways unchanged, for centuries, suddenly finds itself hovering on the brink of destruction, by a cloud no-one can see, hear, or feel.
Above all it is the story of two people, the Guernsey vet Liz Cobb, and the American banker Jackson Ridgway, thrown together by circumstances they had never envisaged in their worst nightmares, discovering together the true meaning of love, in a world which may be about to end.
Diana Bachmann was born in Guernsey in 1950. She has three children and six grandchildren, plus a large family of stepchildren and step-grandchildren. Having lived in the Bahamas and Spain with her second husband, bestselling author Christopher Nicole, she has since returned to Guernsey. Inspired by her own experiences as a child evacuee during the Nazi occupation of the island, she authored the popular Guernsey Sagaseries.