Miss Graham's Cold War Cookbook (Hardback)Celia Rees (author)
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Eloquent, absorbing and highly original, Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook is a mesmerising variation on a spy thriller, full of post-war political intrigue. Through immense attention to detail, Rees creates an evocative world full of finely drawn characters who will stay with the reader long after the closing pages.
A reluctant spy is born...
An ordinary woman. A book of recipes. The perfect cover for spying...
Sent to Germany in the chaotic aftermath of World War II, Edith Graham is finally getting the chance to do her bit. Having taught at a girls' school during the conflict, she leaps at the opportunity to escape an ordinary life - but Edith is not everything she seems to be.
Under the guise of her innocent cover story, Edith has been recruited to root out Nazis who are trying to escape prosecution. Secretly, she is sending coding messages back to the UK, hidden inside innocuous recipes sent to a friend - after all, who would expect notes on sauerkraut to contain the clues that would crack a criminal underground network?
But the closer she gets to the truth, the muddier the line becomes between good and evil. In a dangerous world of shifting loyalties, when the enemy wears the face of a friend, who do you trust?
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 710 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 41 mm
'A perfect summer read; gripping, original, well-drawn and compassionate' - Joanne Harris
'Celia Rees is a superb writer, and this novel has one of the most irresistible and unique story hooks I've ever come across. This book deserves to be huge!' - Bestselling author, Sophie Hannah
'The novel's attention to detail is remarkable, a true historian at work. It is also a thriller and a troubled love story. You won't want to put it down. I lived every moment. Highly recommended' - Bestselling author, Carol Drinkwater
'Miss Graham's Cold War Cookbook is that rarity: a novel that has both gentle charm and compulsive page-turning tension. Who could fail to love Edith Graham, schoolteacher and unlikely spy, with her coded recipes and a Luger in her handbag?' - Judith Alnatt
'This book reminded me why I love reading . . . Edith Graham is a sophisticated, warm-blooded and talented protagonist, who must learn not to trust anyone' - Michelle Lovric
'I couldn't put it down . . . I loved the details, the intimacy, and the entire experience. Perfect for readers of Kate Quinn's The Alice Network' - Elizabeth Chadwick
'Betrayals, double crosses and twists . . . A triumph of plotting, research and first class storytelling' - Mary Hoffman
'I've just finished this simmering story of post-war intrigue . . . gripping and moving in equal measure, and served with a wealth of well-researched historical detail' - Clare Mulley
Praise for Celia Rees:
'The prolific, erudite and consistently brilliant Celia Rees is justly renowned for her dizzyingly inventive plots' - Guardian
'This is a powerful, absorbing and unusual novel' - The Bookseller
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