|FICTION / General
|FICTION / Thrillers / Espionage
|FICTION / Thrillers / Political
|FICTION / War & Military
|8.00in x 5.18in
|From The Publisher*
|From the bestselling author of Life After Life, a new novel that explores the repercussions of one young woman's espionage work during World War II.
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 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.
A New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times Editors' Choice
"[A] superb story of wartime espionage. . . . Hilary Mantel once said of Atkinson's ground-breaking first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, that she had a 'game-plan more sophisticated than Dickens,' and that skill is more than evident in this latest offering. . . . Remarkable. . . . The sheer bravura of Atkinson's storytelling is such that you will find it impossible not to want to revisit those clues so cleverly placed, as you shake your head in disbelief at how effortlessly you have been taken in." -The Times Literary Supplement (TLS)
"[Transcription] never loses its sense of absurdity of human beings even in their most tragic or noble moments. . . . How vehemently most novelists will wish to produce a masterpiece as good." -The Daily Telegraph (UK)
"[Transcription] is a major event. . . . Atkinson loves her research, but she doesn't need much help concocting original stories that resemble no one else's and take the breath away." -The New York Times
"Atkinson is brilliant. Her characters are brilliant. Her command of the back-and-forth narrative, the un-fixedness of memory, the weight that guilt accrues over time and how we carry it is remarkable. . . . Everything Atkinson does subverts the classic model of the spy story. . . . It's that grunginess, that groundedness, that attention to the tiny, personal, low-stakes details . . . that elevates Transcription." -NPR
"No other contemporary novelist has such supreme mastery of that sweet spot between high and low, literary and compulsively readable as Kate Atkinson. . . . I can't think of another serious novelist who makes you laugh so often or so gratefully. . . . Brimming with dancing dark wit that reminds you how deeply satisfying good fiction can be." -Allison Pearson, The Daily Telegraph (UK)
"Atkinson dissolves the choices that bedevil us: between big plots and wry, acute, noticing sentences; between genre and literary fiction; between the wildly popular and the wildly nuanced." -USA Today
"Ambitious and cerebral." -Toronto Star
"Atkinson's wry style imbues the world of Transcription with moments of brisk cheer, as if Ian Fleming had been cross-pollinated with Barbara Pym. . . . [Transcription is] a testament to Atkinson's inventiveness as a storyteller, as well as to her powers for creating characters too real for comfort." -The Washington Post
"No matter the genre, Atkinson displays more wit and word play, more delight in the fecundity of the English language, than just about any contemporary novelist. . . . No matter how distractingly thrilling her plots are, we always sense a keen, and essentially verbal, intelligence behind them." -The Boston Globe
"Transcription, while sometimes fraught and tense, is more often shrewdly funny. . . . Atkinson runs around her spy novel, seeking out the genre's inflated pockets of self-importance and poking them with her sharp little needle." -Slate
"If you're still obsessed with Kate Atkinson's Life After Life, you're going to fall head over heels for Transcription." ―POPSUGAR
"This is a novel about identity in which no one and nothing is exactly as they seem. . . . Atkinson is clearly having fun. . . . What elevates her fiction above mere playfulness is the emotional integrity of her characters. . . . Atkinson always puts on a damn fine show." -The Guardian (UK)
"I loved Kate Atkinson's Transcription―you don't know if it's a farce about spies, or a spy story about farce." ―Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life
|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. Her novel, Life After Life, won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Literature, was shortlisted for the Women's Prize, and won the Costa Novel Award, a prize Atkinson won again for her subsequent novel, A God in Ruins.