Transcription - Kate Atkinson


By Kate Atkinson

  • Release Date: 2018-09-25
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 272 Ratings


A dramatic story of WWII espionage, betrayal, and loyalty, by the #1 bestselling author of Life After Life

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 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.

Amazon/iTunes Reviews

  • Typical Kate Atkinson

    By Literary Fan
    Excellently researched and brilliantly written. Lovely details regarding WWII and spies, counter-spies, and life in England. The primary character, Julia, is deftly developed. There are twists at the end that make this a must-read-to-the-last-page book. My only bit of annoyance with the book was the excessive (in my opinion), use of self-reflective questions, questions by the narrator, and questions within questions, so much so that it seemed to be a a trick rather than Atkinson’s writing style, which I really appreciated in Life After Life and God in Ruins.
  • Transcriptions

    By mybookclub
    LOVED this book.