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In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure depa...

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Title:Transcription
Author:Kate Atkinson
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:Transcription
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Transcription Reviews

  • Marialyce
    Oct 03, 2018
    2 oh my disappointing stars. I do like Atkinson's novels so when this one popped up, I was anxious to begin turning pages. Unfortunately the anticipation for this novel went south as I become bogged down in a uneven plot, and the flipping of time elements. This is a book I should ha...
  • Trish
    Jun 24, 2018
    Not all of Kate Atkinson?s novels have been what she calls historical fiction, but the last several have been. This novel may hew closest to the truth, though like she says in the Author?s Note at the end, she wrenched open history and stuffed it with imaginative reconstruction, at...
  • Peter Boyle
    Sep 23, 2018
    Oh I had high hopes for this one. A Kate Atkinson spy novel set during World War II sounded like a winning formula to me. Indeed, the reviews of Transcription have been full of praise. But I reckon it is one of her lesser works, not reaching the heights of Life After Life or the majest...
  • Canadian Reader
    Sep 28, 2018
    Espionage would probably not make my top ten list of things to read about, or even my top 100 list for that matter, so I approached Transcription with a certain wariness. The fact that it is authored by Kate Atkinson was probably the only thing that motivated me to read it in the first...
  • Tatiana
    Oct 05, 2018
    3.5 stars A low key, at times almost boring spy novel. I seem to be incapable of not liking a Kate Atkinson book though. I love her books for their immersive historical background, humor and vividness of characters. ...
  • Cindy Burnett
    Sep 25, 2018
    4.5 stars Kate Atkinson's new novel, Transcription, follows Juliet Armstrong as she works in an obscure MI-5 department during World War 2 that monitors and records the activities of a pro-German group. While the work is initially boring and monotonous, an event occurs that drastica...
  • Tami
    Sep 15, 2018
    ?Who spies on the spies...?? I love a good spy novel and this one was a good one, even if it did have a bit of a slow start. Juliet Armstrong, a young woman with no family, finds herself recruited into M15, the UK?s domestic counter-intelligence and security agency. Beginning ...
  • Karen
    Oct 20, 2018
    Kate Atkinson did not disappoint. Her writing is honed to perfection. This provocative, imaginative and well-written story keeps Atkinson right up there with my favorite authors. ...
  • Sue
    Sep 18, 2018
    Atkinson is one of my favorite authors and, with Transcription, she has moved her star even higher. The tale is set in England, primarily London, in 1940, 1950 and 1981. The pivotal events occur in 1940, when Juliet Armstrong at 18, is recruited for the war effort. But not for any batt...
  • Liz
    Sep 18, 2018
    It?s funny how some books can immediately grab hold of you and cast you under their spell. This is that sort of book. The book immediately transports you back to London in the 1940s and 50s. The language is just spot on perfect. The story revolves around a young woman who is dr...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Aug 02, 2018
    If you've only read a couple of Kate Atkinson novels, you may think she does just one thing. She doesn't. In fact, I tend to get a little miffed when she sticks with one thing for too long because I want to see her stretch out in every direction. When I started TRANSCRIPTION and realiz...
  • Trudie
    Sep 20, 2018
    *2.5* I am having a really bad historical fiction year (looking at you Washington Black). So I was absolutely convinced that dropping all my reading commitments to immediately pick up Kate Atkinson's new WWII spy novel would help raise my spirits. Her previous books Life after Life ...
  • Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
    Sep 22, 2018
    I absolutely loved this. This is my third novel by her and the third one I absolutely adored! ...
  • Debra
    Sep 25, 2018
    Juliet Armstrong is only eighteen years old when she is recruited by the M15 in 1940. She is tasked with transcribing the conversations of British fascists sympathizers during WWII. Before long, she is given more duties such as working as a spy herself and watching a dog which is being...
  • Marianne
    Oct 25, 2018
    Transcription is the fourth stand-alone novel by award-winning British author, Kate Atkinson. In 1940, eighteen-year-old Juliet Armstrong finds herself recruited into the Secret Service. Mostly it?s fairly boring, typing up reports and transcribing recordings of agents meeting with B...
  • Susan Johnson
    Aug 06, 2018
    Atkinson returns to WWII again for her newest novel but it is not a sequel to her wonderful A God in Ruins book. In this one, 18 year old Juliet is hired to be be a spy for MI-5 but not a glamorous one. She sits in a small apartment transcribing conversations of British citizens who t...
  • Ova - Excuse My Reading
    Sep 09, 2018
    PLease see full review on my blog. I wasn't a fan of Kate Atkinson's Life After Life and was hesitant to try this, but after seeing the praises I couldn't resist the temptation of asking the publisher for a copy. This is a book that will take you to 40's and 50's, it's quintessen...
  • Tania
    Sep 30, 2018
    But then what constituted real? Wasn't everything, even this life itself, just a game of deception? 3.5 stars. Kate Atkinson's previous two novels, Life after Life and A God in Ruins are two of my all time favorite books. In these her writing was fantastic and the plot lines were inno...
  • Diane Barnes
    Sep 29, 2018
    In not a big fan of spy novels, just not my genre, so maybe that was my problem with this book. I really expected to be blown away because, after all, it IS Kate Atkinson, but I never really connected with the main character, or any other character. I truly didn't care what happened to...
  • Phrynne
    Sep 03, 2018
    It is always a pleasure to open a new book by Kate Atkinson. I know I am going to find something well written, totally absorbing and above all original. How she does it I do not know. In Transcription she takes us to 1940 World War 2 London, where we meet Juliet, an eighteen year ol...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Aug 25, 2018
    I am a huge fan of Kate Atkinson?s wonderful storytelling and for me Transcription was a pure joy from the moment I started it until the moment I reluctantly set it aside. The writing is genuinely superb, beautifully done and I adored Juliet, her manner, her acerbic inner dialogue a...
  • Faith
    Oct 20, 2018
    This book is a wonderful mix of spies, counterspies, life in wartime London and the inner workings of the BBC. It's written from the point of view of Juliet Armstong, an intelligent young woman who was recruited by the British Security Service when she was 18. After a while her chief t...
  • Thebooktrail
    Sep 02, 2018
    Visit the locations in the novel Hitler was collecting countries like stamps. How long before he had the full set? This is a snapshot of history inspired by a series of transcripts the author discovered. In fact there is one line in the book uttered by Juliet which su...
  • ❀⊱Rory⊰❀
    Oct 11, 2018
    4 Stars. Superb writing. ...
  • Nancy
    Jun 25, 2018
    Hitler was collecting countries like stamps. How long before he had the full set? Transcription by Kate Atkinson I was swept into Transcription, enthralled with Kate Atkinson's atmospheric and witty writing, the recreation of England during the rise of Hitler, and the espionage ring...
  • Gumble's Yard
    Oct 09, 2018
    As a first comment I could not help, as a mathematician a certain enjoyment of a book set around the second World War; the third novel in a row that the author has set around that time; using her now familiar technique of blending a plot heavy and enjoyable story with a literary techni...
  • lucky little cat
    Nov 03, 2018
    [Happy sigh.] It's a new Kate Atkinson historical novel. It should (and does) have ?a resourceful, witty Shakespeare-quoting heroine whom other people underestimate ?London ?World War II homefront ?the Blitz ?one sister, aunt, mother, or friend who's hell on whee...
  • Paromjit
    Oct 20, 2018
    Great historical fiction in the world of British espionage in WW2 and the repercussions that emerge in the 1950s. Touches on issues of class in spying circles, being gay, the monitoring of fascists, a young Juliet, recruited to engage in the process of transcription that develops into ...
  • Kathleen
    Oct 26, 2018
    Who knew that spycraft could be so boring? Atkinson?s historical fiction novel is based on a composite of actual double-agents that worked for MI5 during WWII to uncover Third Reich devotees. Eighteen-year-old Juliet takes a job of transcribing conversations that are being recorded f...
  • Tammy
    Jul 31, 2018
    ?May I tempt you?? This question is the impetus which shifts a very young woman from a job merely transcribing traitorous conversations deliberately overheard during WWII in London into a bonafide spy. Working at the BBC ten years, later her misdeeds of the past come back to haunt ...