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BBC radio producer Juliet Armstrong finds herself targeted by dangerous individuals from her past as a World War II espionage monitor for MI5.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2018.
Edition: First United States edition.
ISBN: 9780316176637
031617663X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Atkinson Kate 09/2018
Characteristics: 343 pages ;,25 cm

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Juliet Armstrong transcribes secret meetings between an MI5 agent posing as a Gestapo liaison to a group of English Nazi supporters. Juliet goes undercover herself leading to a surprise years after the war.

It's 1940 when Juliet Armstrong is recruited into the British intelligence service, MI5. She supports an operation by transcribing recorded meetings between a British agent, posing as a member of the Gestapo, and British Nazi sympathizers.


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esrobbins
Mar 16, 2019

Kate is so brilliant, but I didn't love this one. Life After Life and A God in Ruins are sooooo good. This one didn't hold my attention. Found this one boring and difficult to get through. If I'd had something else to read at the time, I wouldn't have finished it.

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passion4reading
Mar 07, 2019

Rather similar to William Boyd's Restless but not as good. Just kept getting the feeling, "I've read this." Restless was also made into a movie and was very good.

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patcarstensen
Mar 05, 2019

It is a clever book.

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mtipping
Feb 24, 2019

Best book of the year, WWII, London.

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clf5236
Feb 23, 2019

This is my first Kate Atkinson novel after hearing friends rave about her writing and I was disappointed - the main character Juliet Armstrong was not at all engaging. Beyond that, I was surprised that so many of her characters share names with characters from John le Carre - Oliver, Percy, Alleyne, Toby, Perry Gibbons/Peter Guillam.

Even the description of “Godfrey” Toby as portly and bland with spectacles is lifted from le Carre and the plot has echoes of ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.’ The rhyme is even quoted in the book. It’s hard to imagine that these similarities are unintentional and I’m surprised not to see that mentioned by other reviewers. I found it incredibly distracting (borderline plagiarism?) and struggled to finish the book.

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.

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murray4
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!

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njon38
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.

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krsbozo
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.

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cjh61
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.

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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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