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Publisher Description

A dramatic story of WWII espionage, betrayal, and loyalty, by the #1 bestselling author of Life After Life

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.

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 the best writers of our time.

Fiction & Literature
September 25
Little, Brown and Company
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

FeliciaDonnie ,


Sorry. Was disappointed. Not as good as a God in Ruins.
Yes many spy adventures- none that Fascinating. And where is the Italian romance and child mentioned in the jacket blurb?!
Please explain somebody??

Literary Fan ,

Typical Kate Atkinson

Excellently researched and brilliantly written. Lovely details regarding WWII and spies, counter-spies, and life in England. The primary character, Julia, is deftly developed. There are twists at the end that make this a must-read-to-the-last-page book.

My only bit of annoyance with the book was the excessive (in my opinion), use of self-reflective questions, questions by the narrator, and questions within questions, so much so that it seemed to be a a trick rather than Atkinson’s writing style, which I really appreciated in Life After Life and God in Ruins.

mybookclub ,


LOVED this book.

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