In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage
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
A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat
But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever
It is a triumphant work of fiction from one of this country’s most exceptional writers.
Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathisers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying
Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past