I love alternative history novels (including my own). I particularly like this one, which as Douglas Adams once wrote, is only a molecule or two perspective’s from “normality.”
THE EYRE AFFAIR is set in an alternative 1985, with England and Russia still embroiled in the Crimean War after more than a century, an independent very socialist Wales behind an Iron Curtain, and actual literature what inspires society more than wealth, celebrity or sport.
It’s hard to categorize this book: it is AltHistory, romance, satire, police procedural, fantasy, mystery, thriller and SF all in one.
Even better, it is a first novel that is very solid.
I loved the series the first time I read it, and time is only confirming that opinon.
Not quite up to Fatherland status, but a very solid Alternative History entry, made all the more interesting by its solid portrayal of Japanese society.