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By (author): Kate Atkinson
9780385691529 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Espionage Sep 18, 2018
$32.95 CAD
Active 6.5 x 9.3 x 1.4 in 352 pages Doubleday Canada Bond Street Books
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.

Juliet Armstrong is a dissatisfied radio producer in a 1950s London that is recovering from the war as much as she is. During World War Two, Juliet was conscripted into service, transcribing conversations between an MI5 agent and a ring of suspected German sympathizers. The seemingly dull work quickly plunged Juliet into a treacherous world of code words and secret meetings where Juliet herself was sent into the field. These moments of intrigue and romance feel like a lifetime ago as Juliet trudges through her commute, her job and her new life. But as Juliet and the rest of London find ways to return to normal, her routine is upended by an encounter with a mysterious man from her past life.

Haunted by the relationships and actions of her past and facing a very real threat in the present, Juliet cannot escape the repercussions of her work for the government. With no other choice, Juliet is quickly pulled back into the life of espionage she thought she’d left behind. Kate Atkinson’s latest novel brings mid-century London to life in a gripping tale of deception and consequences.

Story Locale: London, UK

SUBJECT MATTER: For Kate fans, this is WWII meets Jackson Brodie. For everyone else, this is Le Carré authored by and starring a woman. It’s twisty, turny spy-novel perfection.

A GREAT COMPANION: Life After Life and A God in Ruins have collectively sold over 85,000 copies in Canada.

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Behind the Scenes at the Museum won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year, Case Histories was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award, Life After Life won the Costa Novel Award, the Waterstones Author of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and A God in Ruins also won the Costa Novel Award, making Kate the first author in history to land three Costa category awards.

STANDALONE STORY: Kate has made her way through her greatest World War II interests. In Life After Life,it was the London Blitz, and in A God in Ruins, it was the strategic bombing campaign. Though companions, they stood apart—just as Transcription does with her third interest, MI5.

STRONG PARTNERS: Transworld is publishing in the UK and Little, Brown is publishing in the US.

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. The international sensation Life After Life was one of The New York Times’s 10 Best Books of 2013, won the Costa Novel Award and the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Prize, and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize. Her companion novel, A God in Ruins, also won the Costa Novel Award and was an international bestseller. Atkinson 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.

Author Residence: Edinburgh, UK

Author Hometown: York, UK

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Publicity: Two city tour to Toronto & Vancouver at publication

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Extensive reviews

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Praise for A God in Ruins:

“This is a gorgeous novel…. Atkinson [has a] marvellously vinegary sense of humour…[and] extraordinary grace and control over the story…. It is unsettling and exhilarating, and reminds the reader that while the past lives with us at every moment, the future does, too, in every decision made or unmade.” —The Globe and Mail

“Gobsmacked—and in a good way—is the first word that comes to mind, rapidly followed by masterpiece. The minute I finished A God in Ruins…I started it again. The second time around it was even better, more interesting, more revealing. The details Atkinson has woven throughout this novel are incredibly intricate and crafted with expertise by an author who just gets better and better with each book…. A stunning achievement.” —The Vancouver Sun

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