Although we like to tell that the past is in the past and there’s no use to look back and regret about something, sometimes the past becomes your present. These ghosts of the past can remind you of the events or people you were trying to forget.

That’s what happened to Juliet Armstrong, the main heroine of Kate Atkinson’s Transcription. In 1940, eighteen-year-old Juliet reluctantly entered the world of espionage. The girl was sent to a vague department of MI5. Her task was connected with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers. The work is both tedious and terrifying. But now the war is over, and Juliet presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever.

Ten years later, now a BBC producer, Juliet unexpectedly encounters figures from her past. Another war is being fought now on another battleground, but Juliet is again in jeopardy. She begins to realize that there is no action without consequence.

Transcription is deep and absolutely unique work, a modern novel of extraordinary power, wit and sympathy. This is a triumphant work of fiction from one of the most outstanding writers of this country.

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