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A dramatic story of WWII espionage, betrayal, and loyalty, by the #1 bestselling author of Life After Life 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. Transcription is a work of rare depth and texture, a bravura modern novel of extraordinary power, wit and empathy. It is a triumphant work of fiction from one of the best writers of our time.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
ISBN: 9780316479752
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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ArapahoeMarieC Jul 14, 2019

This novel set in post WWII London was an interesting read about MI-5 during WWII and the immediate aftermath. I found it interesting and the twist at the end surprised me and put the whole novel in a different perspective.

Jun 21, 2019

The publisher is doubtless embarrassed.

Jun 17, 2019

It was interesting to read about WWII in London from a female perspective. I found the ending confusing - I didn't understand it. I also enjoyed Warlight by Michael Ondajtee.

May 31, 2019

Disguised as a “spy novel”, the protagonist Juliet’s witty, sometimes aloof even flippant style quickly became infectious over me, an unexpected mood kindling when read about WWII.
Author’s holding back or giving out content against chronological order were felt more a matter of plot design or creating suspense.

I found the identity play (political, patriotic, gender, class, in changing time, place, relationship from personal level to global stage) is the most intriguing, fascinating, profound, and more than thrilling as experienced in mystery or thriller read.

May 16, 2019

Feels like a good short story expanded into a confusing, meandering spy novel sited in the years in Britain before WW2. Protagonist is a secretary.

Apr 25, 2019

I became a Kate Atkinson fan after reading the Jackson Brodie series (Case Histories), but have not enjoyed any of her other books, include Transcription, nearly as much.

DBRL_ANNEG Apr 23, 2019

I generally enjoyed this Cold War spy thriller, but mostly for the bits of dry humor that Kate Atkinson managed to sprinkle throughout rather than the mystery that unfolded. Atkinson does a phenomenal job of building characters who confound and amuse. The story itself, though, kind of meandered here and there and lacked some of the suspense that I was hoping for going into it. Granted, now that I know how it played out, I think it would be interesting to re-look at the story and see just how Atkinson laid out the groundwork for the twisty tale she was creating.

Mar 30, 2019

Disappointing read. Juliette Armstrong had no depth....never learned anything about her son....spy stuff was dull. Atkinson has written much better books, thankfully.

JessicaGma Mar 27, 2019

This felt like a more straightforward book over some of the other novels Atkinson has written. It wasn't a bad story, but it was definitely spies light.

Mar 24, 2019

This is my first Kate Atkinson book and I was really looking forward to it after all the great reviews. I was so sure of it, I selected it for the book club read. Must be me, but I found this alternately exciting, dull, but mostly confusing - especially at the end. Actually, most of the book club felt similarly - phew! I love Atkinson's writing style and beautiful descriptions (p136 - sickly looking as if she had been raised in the dark like a mushroom; p122 - massive pillars made from a meaty kind of marble) and I vow to read some of her other books to see what I may be missing.

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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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