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The Secrets We Kept - Lara Prescott

The Secrets We Kept - Lara Prescott

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Title: The Secrets We Kept

Author:  Lara Prescott

ISBN:  9781786331663

Weight:  990 g

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The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott


1956. A celebrated Russian author is writing a book, Doctor Zhivago, which could spark dissent in the Soviet Union.  The Soviets, afraid of its subversive power, ban it.

But in the rest of the world it’s fast becoming a sensation.

In Washington DC, the CIA is planning to use the book to tip the Cold War in its favour.

Their agents are not the usual spies, however.  Two typists – the charming, experienced Sally and the talented novice Irina   are charged with the mission of a lifetime: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago back into Russia by any means necessary.

It will not be easy.  There are people prepared to die for this book – and agents willing to kill for it.  But they cannot fail – as this book has the power to change history.

Peer & Press Reviews

Triumphant…  This debut shines as spy story, publication thriller and historical romance with a twist.

Publishers Weekly

A page-turner combining elements of spy, literary, thriller, historic, romantic and gay fiction…  This is escapist fiction rooted in an at times harrowing historical reality.

Sunday Times

A rip-roaring tale of espionage, Russian literature and some absolutely badass women… if you want a tense thriller, women kicking against an unjust, patriarchal system and a bruising love story, then this is the book for you!


Bibliographic Info

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Title The Secrets We Kept
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition background:

Printed on the tipped-in title page are the words ‘A SPECIAL SIGNED EDITION FOR INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOPS’.  In addition, this page has a typewriter motif printed on it that is exclusive to this edition.

This book’s red sprayed page edges make it easy to distinguish from the standard trade edition.

Issued direct by Cornerstone’s Hutchinson imprint, the number of copies in this special edition is unknown.

Jacket note On the front of the jacket is ‘A SPECIAL SIGNED EDITION…’ sticker (see image).  As the paper used for the jacket has a matt laminate finish, WE DON’T ADVISE REMOVING THIS as it could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the tipped-in title page
Awards and Media
Book Club listing Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club (Sept. pick)
Book Stats
Publisher Cornerstone
Imprint Hutchinson
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9781786331663
ISBN 10 1786331667
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 452
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 162 x 42mm
Packed weight 1.025kg [heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Trevor Paulhus
Jacket design Glenn O’Neill
Endpaper design Amber Bennett-Ford
Photos Courtesy of Getty Images

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