Paperback £8.99 by Kate Atkinson
Transcription is a darkly witty spy novel, that twists the murky history of Britain’s intelligence service in World War Two into a compulsive page turner. It is rife with dry humour and zany characters; set against the backdrop of wartime London. Atkinson is a Costa award winner, whose previous acclaimed historical fiction, favours the subversive and fast-paced speed of crime dramas. Juliet, a civil servant, gets quickly lured into the actually unglamorous world of British espionage in a bid to keep tabs on the growing rise of fascism. For fans of Killing Eve and even James Bond, this is the literary equivalent infused with our staple British cut-throat humour.