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Transcription: A Novel Hardcover – September 25, 2018

3.7 out of 5 stars 1,098 ratings

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"Endlessly devious... Atkinson loves her research, but she doesn't need much help concocting original stories that resemble no one else's and take the breath away. Even her literary allusions sparkle."
Janet Maslin, New York Times

"[Atkinson] occupies that rare cultural sweet spot wherein she scoops up awards for artistic excellence while also reliably hitting the best-seller lists. In her best work-a category in which her latest, "Transcription," certainly belongs-she maneuvers the tropes of the murder-mystery genre, of historical fiction, and of privileged white Britishness into a kind of critical salvage of women's work, women's lives..."
New Yorker

"Although engrossing from beginning to end, "Transcription" starts at a measured pace, with the tandem narratives only gradually gaining velocity. But when they are finally in sync and operating at peak capacity, the result is exhilarating...Transcription" is another triumph for Atkinson - suspenseful, moving, insightful and original."The San Francisco Chronicle

"Atkinson is brilliant. Her characters are brilliant. Her command of the back-and-forth narrative, the un-fixedness of memory, the weight that guilt accrues over time and how we carry it is remarkable."
NPR.org

"In her novel's complex web of fiction and fact, copies and originals, Atkinson shows that transcription can take us closer to the truth."
Financial Times

"Atkinson's style is singular and delightful. No matter the genre, Atkinson displays more wit and word play, more delight in the fecundity of the English language, than just about any contemporary novelist."
The Boston Globe

"Kate Atkinson has carved out a niche as a stylistic interloper, elevating seemingly grimy crime fiction with her mordant wit and skipping from family sagas to speculative fiction. She returns to radiant form with her latest, Transcription, a deceptively subversive spy novel..."
Vogue

"Atkinson's writing is, as always, heaven to read... Atkinson has that gift, throughout her detective novels (the splendid Jackson Brodie series) and her recent wartime fiction -- she's both telling us a story and pulling back the curtain just a bit, showing us how she tells the story, how she builds this delicate house of cards. It's mesmerizing, from every angle."
Seattle Times

"Transcription is historical fiction at its best. Atkinson enjoys her research and uses it creatively to charm and inform her readers. She's not a pedant, but an accomplished storyteller with history as her background."
Dallas Morning News

"A sharp, witty espionage tale from best-seller and true lieterary master Kate Aktinson...It's thrilling and darkly funny."
Marie Claire

About the Author

Kate Atkinson's first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named England's Whitbread Book of the Year in 1996. Since then, she has written eleven more ground-breaking, bestselling books. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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  • Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
  • Hardcover : 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 031617663X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0316176637
  • Product Dimensions : 6.55 x 1.4 x 9.65 inches
  • Publisher : Little, Brown and Company; Canadian First Edition (September 25, 2018)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.7 out of 5 stars 1,098 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Playful, witty tale of espionage and identity
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, characters don't feel real
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first casualty of war is truth
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Trust Anybody... but it is a good read!
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