Red Joan (Hardback)
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BBC Radio 4 Extra Book at beachtime. Joan's voice is almost a whisper. 'Nobody talked about what they did during the war. We all knew we weren't allowed to.' Joan Stanley has a secret. She is a loving mother, a doting grandmother, and leads a quiet, unremarkable life in the suburbs. Then one morning there is a knock on the door, and suddenly the past she has been so keen to hide for the last fifty years threatens to overturn her comfortable world. Cambridge University in 1937 is awash with ideas and idealists, yet unworldly Joan feels better suited to a science lecture and a cup of cocoa. But a chance meeting with the glamorous Russian-born Sonya and her charismatic cousin Leo blurs the edges of the things Joan thought she knew about the world, and about herself. In the post-War world of smoke and mirrors, allegiance is a slippery thing. Working in a government ministry with access to top-secret information, Joan is suddenly faced with the most difficult question of all: what price would you pay to remain true to what you believe? Would you betray your country, your family, even the man you love?

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780701187576
Weight: 533 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 35 mm

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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

Paperback edition
16th April 2014
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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

Paperback edition
25th August 2015
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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

Paperback edition
18th January 2014
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