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April 2019 Fiction: Mystery & Detective, Thrillers

By (author): Kate Atkinson
9780385691536 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Espionage Apr 09, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.18 x 7.99 x 0.89 in 352 pages Doubleday Canada Anchor Canada
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.

Story Locale: London, UK

Publication History: Bond Street Books, HC (09/18)

HIGHLY DECORATED: The HC edition was a Canadian national bestseller, a New York Times bestseller, and selected as a New York Times Editors’ Choice.

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. 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.

Author Residence: Edinburgh, UK

Author Hometown: York, UK


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Praise for Transcription:

“[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

“Ambitious and cerebral.” —Toronto Star

“[A] masterpiece.”—The Daily Telegraph (UK)

“Atkinson’s writing is, as always, heaven to read…. It’s mesmerizing, from every angle.”—The Seattle Times

“[A] superb story of wartime espionage.” —The Times Literary Supplement (TLS)

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