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Red Joan by Jennie Rooney
  

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Swapping between the present with Joan Stanley being interrogated by MI5 and the 1930/40s we learn of her spying life. Joan was naïve as a Cambridge undergraduate and got caught up with some communist sympathisers. She went on to work in atomic research with access to very sensitive information. One can see how easily she slipped into her clandestine life. At heart she wasn’t a bad person, just misguided perhaps. She is beautifully portrayed, a fascinating character who is actually based on the KGB’s longest serving British spy, Melita Norwood. This is a wonderful novel. Highly recommended.

If you like Jennie Rooney you might also like to read books by Ian McEwan, Sadie Jones and Afsaneh Knight.

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Red Joan by Jennie Rooney

Cambridge University in 1937 is awash with ideas and idealists - to unworldly Joan it is dazzling. After a chance meeting with Russian-born Sonya and Leo, Joan is swept up in the glamour and energy of the duo, and finds herself growing closer and closer to them both. But allegiance is a slippery thing. Out of university and working in a government ministry with access to top-secret information, Joan finds her loyalty tested as she is faced with the most difficult question of all: what price would you pay to remain true to yourself?


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'An exciting and intelligent novel... Rooney's re-creation of the politics of the day is brilliant -- Kate Saunders The Times

'A brilliant spy novel, with an unlikely culprit and a deft, involving plot... Tense, beautifully pitched and very moving' - Marie Claire

'A meditation on the secrets we keep... Red Joan's strength lies in the complex personal relationships that underpin the spying game... A powerfully-written exploration of the far-reaching consequences that even the smallest-seeming actions can have' -- Kaite Welsh Literary Review

'A great thriller and a stirring love story' - Grazia

About the Author

Jennie Rooney was born in Liverpool in 1980. She read History at the University of Cambridge and taught English in France before moving to London to work as a lawyer. Inside the Whale is her first novel.

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd January 2014

Author

Jennie Rooney

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www.jennierooney.com/

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Action Adventure / Spy
Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099575733

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