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The Spy Game by Georgina Harding


The Spy Game by Georgina Harding

On a freezing January morning in 1961, eight-year-old Anna's mother disappears into the fog. That same morning, a spy case breaks in the news. Obsessed by stories of espionage, Anna's brother Peter begins to construct a theory that their mother, a refugee from eastern Germany, was an undercover spy and might even still be alive. As life returns to normal, Anna struggles to sort fact from fantasy. Did her mother have a secret life? And how do you know who a person was once she is dead?


'It is the calm quietness of her writing that is so appealing - she lays an image down so gently that it floats in the mind long after'
Margaret Forster

'Harding skilfully weaves together history, memory and imagination in this haunting and beautifully written novel about how, chameleon-like, we construct our own identities'
Daily Mail

'Elegant and intelligent ... Should confirm her reputation as a writer of unusual and persuasive talent'

'Many writers, from Harper Lee to Suzanne Berne, have explored children's skewed view of the adult world. Georgina Harding has equalled their take ... Elegant ... Lucid, seamless'
Independent on Sunday

About the Author

Georgina Harding

Georgina Harding is the author of two novels: The Solitude of Thomas Cave and The Spy Game, a BBC Book at Bedtime; and two works of non-fiction: Tranquebar and In Another Europe. She lives in London and the Stour Valley, Essex.

Author photo © Mark Pringle

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Publication date

1st February 2010


Georgina Harding

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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


320 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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