Red Joan (Paperback)
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Red Joan (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 02/01/2014
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Loosely based on the real-life case of Melita Norwood, Rooney’s jaw-dropping story of double agents and Cold War intrigue shines a light into the psychological motivations and vulnerabilities of those who choose to betray their country. An espionage novel that places the human element front and centre of a compellingly plotted tale.

Cambridge University in 1937 is awash with ideas and idealists - to unworldly Joan it is dazzling. After a chance meeting with Russian-born Sonya and Leo, Joan is swept up in the glamour and energy of the duo, and finds herself growing closer and closer to them both. But allegiance is a slippery thing.

Out of university and working in a government ministry with access to top-secret information, Joan finds her loyalty tested as she is faced with the most difficult question of all: what price would you pay to remain true to yourself? 'A gripping, emotional and expertly plotted spy novel of the Cold War, inspired by a real story. 

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099575733
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 277 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A meditation on the secrets we keep... Red Joan's strength lies in the complex personal relationships that underpin the spying game... A powerfully-written exploration of the far-reaching consequences that even the smallest-seeming actions can have.' - Kaite Welsh, Literary Review

'A brilliant spy novel, with an unlikely culprit and a deft, involving plot...tense, beautifully pitched and very moving novel.' - Eithne Farry, Marie Claire

'Sensitive spy thriller... Finely detailed and resolutely sensitive... This excellent period novel still carries some considerable resonance in the age of Bradley Manning.' - Andrzej Lukowski, Metro

'If you loved William Boyd's Restless, you'll enjoy this.' - Viv Groskop, Red

'Compulsive reading... Rooney's approach it to make this a very personal story for Joan. There's love, loss, betrayal, friendship and secrets galore and it gives a believable insight on how one, normal person might be let to betray her country. The true mark of the story is that you find yourself thinking that you might have done exactly what Joan did in those circumstances.' - The Bookbag 

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“The spy genre flipped on its head. Ingenious.”

One of the best spy novels I have read.
Starting by painting the picture of Joan, endearing you to her and by slowly bringing in aspects of her character, love and how her situation unfolded, this book leans you... More

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“Interesting and gripping read.”

An unusual storyline, extremely well written, which jumps between a young Cambridge university student in the late 30's caught up in the lives of her Communist friends to an old woman in her 80's being... More

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“I couldn't put it down!”

I was first drawn to this book when I read it had been inspired by actual events. Not knowing much about cold war espionage I decided to give it a go. It's beautifully written and shows well-researched detail.... More

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