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Transcription - Kate Atkinson

Transcription - Kate Atkinson
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Title: Transcription

Author:  Kate Atkinson

ISBN:  9780857525888

Weight:  817g

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Transcription by Kate Atkinson

‘Think of it as an adventure, Perry had said right at the beginning of all this.  And it had seemed like one.  A bit of a lark, she had thought.  A Girl’s Own adventure.’

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 for ever.

Ten years later, now a 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 this country’s most exceptional writers.

Peer & Press Reviews

Kate Atkinson is a wonderful writer.  I want to write like her when I grow up.  Transcription shows she’s at the peak of her powers.  Full of beautiful, delicate, sharp sentences and characterisations.  A spy novel that dismantles the whole genre.  A class act, as ever.

Matt Haig

Atkinson handles her mazy, Le Carre-style plot with complete authority.  But there’s a lot more to the novel than its page-turning thrills.  The increasingly sceptical Juliet makes for a very appealing heroine and the darker material is interspersed with some neat comedy.  Above all, Atkinson recreates the atmosphere of both wartime and post-war London with utter conviction.

James Walton, Reader’s Digest

Transcription stands alongside its immediate predecessors as a fine example of Kate Atkinson’s mature work, an unapologetic novel of ideas which is also wise, funny and paced like a thriller.

Stephanie Merritt, Observer

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Title Transcription
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Edition / printing First edition, first printing
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This numbered edition of only 250 copies was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book’s number is handwritten on the title page, which also confirms the total number of copies signed.

Available numbers Choice of 124 or 158 [of 250, subject to availability]
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Awards and Media
Media adaptation BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime: ten 15-minute episodes, broadcast Mon–Fri at 10:45pm from 03 Sep 2018.
Book Stats
Publisher Transworld Publishers
Imprint Doubleday
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Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9780857525888
ISBN 10 0857525883
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 327
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 162 x 34mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Euan Myles
Jacket design Richard Ogle / TW
Jacket images Anastasia Lembrik / Shutterstock (flamingo)
Boris Rabtsevich / Getty Images (background)

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