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In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever. Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc., 2018
Edition: First United States edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780316176637
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 25 cm


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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Feb 04, 2019

I love Kate Atkinson a whole lot, to the point that I start babbling incoherently when I talk about her books. And while this is absolutely not her best -- guys, READ LIFE AFTER LIFE, please, do yourself this favor -- it is still full of the things that I love about her writing. Namely: a historical setting that is so vivid and detailed that you feel like you're there; a female protagonist who is complex and interesting and full of (late breaking!) surprises; and lots of subtle, clever humor in a story that is not necessarily all that funny. Look, again -- this is not her absolute finest work, but in an author this talented, that still makes for a book totally worth reading.

Jan 29, 2019

this wonderful story is loosely based on a non fiction book called "Agent Jack"by Robert Hutton. I would recommend both of these books!

Jan 19, 2019

In 1940 Juliet, an 18 year old orphan is recruited into an MI5 department monitoring Britist Fascists and there is lots of intrigue among the players, in 1950 she is working at BBC seamingly done with all that , there is more intrigue. While reading it I kept thinking it was familar and wondering if I had already read it. Then as an afterword Atkinson references Penelope Fitzgerald's Human voices which is what it reminded of. Worth the read , contemplates how complicated it is to do the right thing in a country full of flawed politicians.

Jan 13, 2019

This book read like a bit of historical fiction, set during WWII in England. Atkinson creates a rich world for her young female protagonist among the M15 spy agency. She sees and participates in some ugly stuff. She's tough and resilient. A good read.

Jan 09, 2019

I have always liked Kate Atkinson’s writing style and I truly enjoy reading WWII from female perspective. This book was difficult to get through, partly because the characters were not sympathetic or ‘connectable ‘. Perhaps there was a reason for that. After all, there was a war going on.

Dec 18, 2018

Transcription is a perfectly passable novel of WWII espionage. The writing is good, and the main character is compelling. But in truth, I just didn't find that I cared that much about it. The momentum gets cut very suddenly half way through with a time shift, and in my mind it never recovers. It was fine. Perfectly fine.

Dec 07, 2018

Excellent story of WWII and Cold War espionage. The book keeps you guessing to the very end about whom to trust!!! Highly recommend!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 03, 2018

What was it like to be a British citizen contributing to the war effort during and after WWII? This book along with Michael Ondaatje's "Warlight," Chris Cleave's "Everyone Brave Is Forgiven," Michael Frayn's "Spies," and Kate Atkinson's "Life After Life" are my guides, each revealing a different aspect of British society. Transcription is a terrific read - well written, fully developed characters, great dialog, nice plot twists.

"Brilliant!" - anonymous Koelbel patron

multcolib_susannel Dec 02, 2018

When Julie spots 'Toby Jug' a World War II era M15 acquaintance of hers, he ignores her. But surely all that 'spy' stuff is in the past?

Nov 25, 2018

Another novel from Atkinson which I hated to see end. Just a wonderful story following Juliet Armstrong from being a young and naive middle-class English patriot to weary survivor of her part in WWII espionage and beyond. Started reading it in the morning, a few breaks, finished it that night. She never disappoints.

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ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 18, 2018

"She wished she could see her son one last time... Tell him that nothing mattered and that that was a freedom, not a burden." - last page of book


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