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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
Branch Call Number: F ATKINSON
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 25 cm


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“In WWII era London, Juliet Armstrong is working as an espionage monitor for MI5. Ten years later she suddenly finds herself targeted by dangerous individuals from her past. For fans of smart, witty, suspenseful, historical or spy fiction and authors like Tana French, Laurie R. King, and John Le ... Read More »

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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.

Nov 18, 2018

I loved Atkinson's "A God in Ruins" and have enjoyed her other novels, so why did I find "Transcription" so disappointing? The humorous tone other readers have appreciated was mostly lost on me. Juliet was (with an obvious exception) too passive a character to seem credible as "spy material". And I think Atkinson has spent too much time on WWII-era Britain, in this book those scenes seem too drearily familiar. The post-war BBC sections are a lot more fun, and really drive the plot. The book is probably best appreciated by readers with an affinity for espionage fiction.

Nov 17, 2018

In order to relish the characters and each of the time periods the reader must not hurry. When I skimmed I ended up confused and discombobulated. Young Juliet and her role as MI5 eavesdropper to British Nazi sympathizers is the main background with enough twists and turns to make the reader guess which side who is on. I love the wit that Juliet expresses in her mind at each turn. After a messy murder, "Why was it that the female of the species were always the ones left to tidy up?..I expect Jesus came out of the tomb... and said to his mother, "can you tidy it up back there?" Worthwhile if you have your mental faculties active.

Nov 13, 2018

I had really mixed feelings about this from a truly enjoyable author. Plodding along, kept at it, can't say I'll remember any of it...except for the true intrigue of these specific years 7 the ones following WWII with Philby, Blount, the Cambridge spy group, the 'stuff' of legend.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Nov 13, 2018

I did not love this as much as I loved Life after Life...but I still enjoyed reading about another view of WWII from a woman's perspective.

Nov 06, 2018

If the goal of this WWII espionage type story was to confuse me, Atkinson did her job. I didn’t follow the ending at all. I read it and understood what was happening, but I kept thinking “Why is this happening.” It seemed a mishmash of events that may or may have happened in England during WWII. The pacing of the novel wasn’t even, so many things put into the story detracted and I got characters confused.

Nov 06, 2018

This is new author for me. Reserved it because of comments and recommendations. Not sure this author is for me, just could not get into book. Will try again or maybe another one of her books.

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