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Thorndike Press, 2006 - Fiction - 523 pages
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When Ruth Gilmartin learns the true identity-and the WWII profession-of her aging mother, Sally Gilmartin, at the start of Boyd's elegant ninth novel, Ruth is understandably surprised. Sally, nee Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian emigree living in Paris in 1939, was recruited as a spy by Lucas Romer, the head of a secretive propaganda group called British Security Coordination, to help get America into the war.

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I'm not sure if this was a re-read or not; or if I saw a tv adaptation of it or something; it felt very familiar throughout. Interesting and reasonably well written, with some far-fetched bits Read full review

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I've read the book a few years ago and just had an opportunity to see the mini series on Netflix and both the book and movie are excellent. I do think reading the book first before the movie was a ... Read full review


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William Boyd is the author of eight novels, including A Good Man in Africa," "An Ice Cream War and Any Human Heart. Born in Ghana, Africa in 1952, Boyd often sets his novels in far-off exotic locations in the tradition of Graham Greene. From Manila to the deep American South, Boyd's novels traverse time and place exploring the human condition. A former Oxford lecturer in English literature, Boyd's writing bares the hallmark of meticulous historical research. His works have received several awards, including the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. Boyd has also penned thirteen screenplays that have been turned into film. William Boyd currently lives with his wife Susan in London and southwest France.

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