Books For You: Transcription, a bravura novel

Editor | Fiction

Transcription is a bravura novel of extraordinary power and substance by the bestselling and award‐winning author Kate Atkinson. Juliet Armstrong is recruited as a young woman by an obscure wartime department of the Secret Service. In the aftermath of war, she joins the BBC, where her life begins to unravel, and she finally has to come to terms with the consequences of idealism.

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 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 (Fiction |September | Paperback | Rs599) 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.

About the author

Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Her four bestselling novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie became the BBC television series Case Histories, starring Jason Isaacs.

She was appointed MBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, and was voted Waterstones UK author of the year at the 2013 Specsavers National Book Awards.

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