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The Secrets We Kept : A Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick - Lara Prescott

The Secrets We Kept

A Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

Paperback Published: 3rd September 2019
ISBN: 9781786331670
Number Of Pages: 496

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Sold in twenty-five countries and poised to become a global literary sensation, Lara Prescott's dazzling first novel about the women in the CIA's typing pool and the fate of Boris Pasternak's banned masterpiece is a sweeping page turner and the most hotly anticipated debut of the year.

A banned masterpiece.


1956. A celebrated Russian author is writing a book, Doctor Zhivago, which could spark dissent in the Soviet Union. The Soviets, afraid of its subversive power, ban it.

But in the rest of the world it’s fast becoming a sensation.

Two female spies.

The CIA plans to use the book to tip the Cold War in its favour.

Their agents are not the usual spies, however. Two typists – the charming, experienced Sally and the talented novice Irina – are charged with the mission of a lifetime: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago back into Russia by any means necessary.

A book that changed history.

It will not be easy. There are people willing to die for this book – and agents willing to kill for it. But they cannot fail - as this book has the power to change history.

About the Author

Lara Prescott received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, Austin. Before she started the MFA, she was an animal protection advocate and a political campaign operative. Her stories have appeared in The Southern Review, The Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, BuzzFeed, Day One, Tin House Flash Friday, and other places. She won the 2016 Crazyhorse Fiction Prize (and Pushcart honorable mention) for the first chapter of The Secrets We Kept, which she spent years researching.

Industry Reviews

"What a fantastic novel The Secrets We Kept is. Thrilling, seductive and thoroughly compelling - Lara has created something really special. And it's made me want to re-read Doctor Zhivago! I absolutely loved it!" -- SARAH WINMAN
"Enthralling... This is a rare page-turner with prose that's as wily as its plot." * Vogue *
"A riveting story of secrets, forbidden passions and the dark arts of espionage. I couldn't put it down."
"There's something of Mad Men about this book and you can't get higher praise than that... Proving that fact can be stranger than fiction, this is the perfect book for some much-needed escapism. Cut yourself off and drink it all in." * STYLIST *
"A page-turner combining elements of spy, literary, thriller, historic, romantic and gay fiction ... This is escapist fiction rooted in an at times harrowing historical reality." * SUNDAY TIMES *

ISBN: 9781786331670
ISBN-10: 1786331675
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 3rd September 2019
Publisher: Cornerstone
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.4  x 3.6
Weight (kg): 0.63

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