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The magnificent new novel by the bestselling and award-winning Kate Atkinson, a major publishing event.

‘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 Girls’ 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 best writers.

Reviews

Praise for Kate Atkinson: Inexhaustibly ingenious

Hilary Mantel

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

Kate Atkinson is a marvel

Gillian Flynn

I loved Kate Atkinson's Transcription - you don't know if it's farce about spies, or a spy story about farce.

Hanya Yanagihara

Kate Atkinson is the author who really made me want to write

Jojo Moyes

Very witty and compassionate about the human condition

Marian Keyes

The kind of book you shove in people’s faces, saying ‘You gotta read this!

Stephen King

Thought-provoking and non-conformist

Sunday Times

Funny, bracingly intelligent…a genuinely surprising novelist

Guardian

Atkinson is brilliantly, defiantly playful with the stuff of fiction

New Statesman

One of the country’s most innovative, exciting and intelligent authors

Scotsman

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780857525895

    September 17, 2018

    Doubleday

    RRP $38.00

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  • Hardback

    9780857525888

    September 15, 2018

    Doubleday

    RRP $50.00

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  • EBook

    9781409043768

    September 6, 2018

    Transworld Digital

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Extract

1981

The Children’s Hour

‘Miss Armstrong? Miss Armstrong, can you hear me?’

She could, although she didn’t seem able to respond. She was badly damaged. Broken. She had been hit by a car. It might have been her own fault, she had been distracted – she had lived for so long abroad that she had probably looked the wrong way when she was crossing Wigmore Street in the midsummer twilight. Between the darkness and the daylight.

‘Miss Armstrong?’

A policeman? Or a paramedic. Someone official, someone who must have looked in her bag and found something with her name on it. She had been at a concert – Shostakovich. The string quartets, all fifteen parsed out in servings of three a day at the Wigmore Hall. It was Wednesday – the Seventh, Eighth and Ninth. She supposed she would miss the rest of them now.

‘Miss Armstrong?’

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