Our Friends in Berlin (Paperback)
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Our Friends in Berlin (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 04/07/2019
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Eschewing the contrived glamour of many espionage thrillers, Our Friends in Berlin is a gripping character study of ordinary people rendered exceptional by the drama of war. As the enthralling plot unfolds with clockwork precision, wartime Berlin’s shadow world of double agents and doomed romance is brought spectacularly to life.

London, 1941.

The city is in blackout and an enemy is hiding in plain sight. Amy Strallen's life is a world away from the machinations of Nazi sympathisers but she could be the only one who can help uncover the most dangerous Nazi agent in the country. Jack Hoste has become entangled in a national treachery and he needs Amy's help. When pays a visit to Amy's office, they are both about to become embroiled in a game that could have deadly consequences...

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784708856
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 250 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'[A] gripping espionage thriller... An addictive cocktail of action, romance and politics.' - Observer

'Our Friends in Berlin brings to the fore all of Quinn's talents - gripping storylines, plot twists, thorough research and elegant prose.' - The Times

'A cracking tale of high-stakes espionage and poignant romance. It's elegantly observed, expertly paced and intensely atmospheric.' - Mail on Sunday 

'Those in search of a smart, tautly rendered, atmospheric beach read should pack a copy now.' - Metro

'Our Friends in Berlin is an immensely enjoyable Buchanesque adventure... Its descriptions of London under bombardment are vividly sensuous and beautiful... Its characters are intriguing and deftly presented... Most memorably of all, though, the book and its cast are shot through with a persuasive postmodern melancholy, the hard-wired ambivalence that is very much Le Carre rather than Buchan. This sensibility allows the novel to illuminate complex times.' - Guardian

'Quinn's gripping plot about spying is matched by the evocatively gloomy atmosphere of wartime London that he conjures up.' - The Times

'A wartime novel with atmospheric evocations of London in the Blitz.' - Sebastian Faulks, Good Housekeeping 

'Anthony Quinn's Our Friends in Berlin is set in the Blitz, and captures the horror and strange romance of blackouts, near-death experiences and not knowing who to trust. An Atmospheric thriller.' - Grazia, This Winter's Must Reads 

'A tightly woven spy thriller full of narrative hairpin bends and cinematic set pieces, this is so atmospheric you can almost taste the cigarettes.' - Claire Allfree, Metro 

'An eye for a plot, a profound gift for character and a faultless sense of period and place: Anthony Quinn was always going to write first-rate thrillers, and Our Friends in Berlin is pure pleasure.' - David Hare

'The best spy novel set in wartime London. A masterpiece... Anthony's book is wonderful. He is a master at creating page-turning tension. Our Friends in Berlin grips the reader from the very first page and won't let go. Good authors create period authenticity; superb authors add their own creative mood music to that. Anthony Quinn's Blitz-battered London is more than black out curtains, blast tape and wrecked buildings, it is an eerie setting of Hitchcockian menace.' - Edward Wilson, author of A Very British Ending

'Wild horses could not have spoilt my enjoyment of this pitch-perfect reimagining of British counter-espionage and anti-fascism during the Blitz. I raced through it - twice... to spend more time with Anthony Quinn's superb characters... [a] classy, entertaining performance.' - Tablet

'A masterful evocation of wartime London and the plotting of Nazi sympathisers. Quinn's storytelling is gripping, his writing delightful. An addictive page-turner that expertly combines both love story and thriller. You won't want it to end.' - David Young, award-winning author of Stasi Child

'This tale of wartime espionage is clever, perceptive and a very good read... Quinn's vividly imagined portrait is entirely convincing... This story is beautifully written and elaborately plotted... the plaudits are well deserved.' - Literary Review

'Anthony Quinn writes novels that I live in while reading them. Our Friends in Berlin, set in wartime London, didn't disappoint.' - Red

'Quinn paints a gripping picture of a city trying to carry on as normal under extreme circumstances... You'll find the pages turning faster as you approach the end.' - Pat Carty, Hot Press

'An addictive cocktail of action, romance and politics.' - Anthony Cummins,  Observer 

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“I love a good spy story....”

A gripping, breathtaking espionage thriller with a love story. It is set among spies in 1941 London during the Blitz, Jack , the spymaster, meets Amy to find a wanted person of whom may or may not be altering the... More

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This is a story of espionage: of suspicion, of trust won and lost, of relationships found and taken away. Set in the years of the second world war, and therefore in the first half century of what we now know as MI5,... More

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“Terrific and insightful wartime spy thriller”

Our Friends in Berlin is another terrific novel from Anthony Quinn. Set in wartime London, it follows the shadow world of Jack Hoste, an MI5 agent masquerading as a member of the Gestapo. Hoste is trying to locate a... More

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