Kate Atkinson is one of my favorite authors. I voted Life After Life a winner a few years ago. Now with Transcription she’s created a work of rare depth and texture, a bravura modern novel of extraordinary power, wit, and empathy. (cover blurb)
Back and forth between 1940 and 1950, we follow Juliet Armstrong – eighteen years old and recruited into espionage by a department of MI5. She’s typing transcriptions (secretly) in a house where folks with Nazi and fascist leanings come to report and plan for an overthrow. Her work is tedious and terrifying. Flash forward to 1950 and Julia is a radio producer for the BBC. However, her time spent with MI5 is coming back to haunt her. She’s under threat, running into past “spies”, and questioning her past.
P.271 A small shift in the air. The faintest rustle – a bird settling in a nest. Breathing. A sigh. She could just make out the silhouette of someone sitting at the table.
Stealthily, Juliet retrieved the Mauser from her bag and advanced cautiously. It seemed impossible. And yet.
The person who had the greatest claim on her soul. A sudden terror made her heart spasm.
Twists and turns. Tight writing. Rich characters. Kate Atkinson draws you in, turns you around, and has you looking over your shoulder. Transcription is a jolly good read!
Sounds like a great book and author Joanne.ReplyDelete
she's from your side of the pond and just sublimeDelete
Have to watch when the past comes back to haunt youReplyDelete
it can be tricky and Atkinson covers it deftlyDelete
My to read list has gotten completely out of hand. I've started a book on my Kindle, don't even remember it. Likewise on my ipad, and a paper back I was moving the other day had a book mark. No clue how long that was, but pretty sure it was pool sitting time since it was a paper back and I've not done that in a least a year. LOL, Found it when cleaning off a bookcase.ReplyDelete
well, put this one to the front and her book Life After LifeDelete
I really like her Case Histories book. This one sounds good too!ReplyDelete
she is such a great writer!!!!Delete
You and I just agree on so much. We'll have to catch up one of these days in person..!
Ah, sounds suspenseful and spellbinding. I don't think I've ever read anything by this author. Thank you for the review!ReplyDelete
trust me - she's really good. Read Life After Life, for sure!Delete
Moving from Nazi era to Cold War must have happened easily, but not safely. Sounds like a good read.ReplyDelete
Atkinson is an awesome writer...enjoy if you choose to find the bookDelete