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The life of a woman spy in WWII

Transcription (above) by Kate Atkinson (top) fixates on the errors that cannot be fixed.
Transcription (right) by Kate Atkinson (left) fixates on the errors that cannot be fixed.PHOTO: EUAN MYLES

Kate Atkinson mixes sherry-dry wit with the thrill of wartime espionage in her new book Transcription

In 1981, 60-year-old Juliet Armstrong is hit by a car. As she lies dying, her mind wanders across a life that lasted longer than she had expected, to the things she did as a spy during World War II that still haunt her.

British writer Kate Atkinson, a Whitbread Book of the Year and two-time Costa Book Award winner, has produced a marvellously mordant 10th novel, which mixes sherry-dry wit with the thrill of wartime espionage.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 11, 2018, with the headline 'The life of a woman spy in WWII'. Print Edition | Subscribe