Kate Atkinson is a masterful manipulator of lies and Transcription is a spectacular game of deception.
In 1940, eighteen-year-old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of the Secret Service, 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 firmly relegated to history. 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.
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