The Rose Code (Paperback)Kate Quinn (author)
Inspired by the heroic codebreakers of Bletchley Park, Quinn's sweeping novel of secrecy and ambition follows a trio of resourceful women from the high-stakes arena of wartime espionage to a dangerous mission in the postwar world.
Buckinghamshire. Three very different women are recruited to the mysterious Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes.
Vivacious debutante Osla has the dashing Prince Philip of Greece sending her roses - but she burns to prove herself as more than a society girl, working to translate decoded enemy secrets. Self-made Mab masters the legendary codebreaking machines as she conceals old wounds and the poverty of her East-End London upbringing. And shy local girl Beth is the outsider who trains as one of the Park's few female cryptanalysts.
1947, London. Seven years after they first meet, on the eve of the royal wedding between Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, disaster threatens. Osla, Mab and Beth are estranged, their friendship torn apart by secrets and betrayal. Yet now they must race against the clock to crack one final code together, before it's too late, for them and for their country.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 640
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 40 mm
'Epic in every way, brilliantly researched, beautifully written, and completely unputdownable' - Jenny Ashcroft, author of Meet Me in Bombay
'An intricate play of love, loss, betrayal and redemption, Kate Quinn's novel is every bit as complex and fascinating as the codes being broken at Bletchley Park... impossibly gripping from start to finish' - Celia Rees, author of Miss Graham's War
'Quinn's meticulous research and impeccable characterization shine through this gripping and beautifully executed novel' - Beatriz Williams, author of Her Last Flight
'Quinn's page-turning narrative is enhanced by her richly drawn characters... and by the fascinating code-breaking techniques, which come alive via her historical detail' - Publishers' Weekly
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4.5 stars rounded down to 4
1940: As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German... More
“Bletchley Park in it's heyday”
A brilliant journey through the workings of Bletchley Park during the heights of it's operations during World war 2. The fact that we all know what went on there now, makes it hard to imagine how secret it's... More
“Young women finding their way in the world, the tense backdrop of wartime signals intelligence, and a race against time”
I really liked this book. The three main female characters were interesting and different, each with difficulties in their past and present life. All three, I think, are interesting enough to hold the story alone, but... More
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