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Our Friends in Berlin

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`The best spy novel set in wartime London. A masterpiece'
Edward Wilson, author of A Very British Ending

London, 1941. The city is in blackout, besieged by nightly air raids from Germany. Two strangers are about to meet. Between them they may alter the course of the war.

While the Blitz has united the nation, there is an enemy hiding in plain sight. A group of British citizens is gathering secret information to aid Hitler's war machine. Jack Hoste has become entangled in this treachery, but he also has a particular mission: to locate the most dangerous Nazi agent in the country.

Hoste soon receives a promising lead. Amy Strallen, who works in a Mayfair marriage bureau, was once close to this elusive figure. Her life is a world away from the machinations of Nazi sympathisers, yet when Hoste pays a visit to Amy's office, everything changes in a heartbeat.

Breathtakingly tense and trip-wired with surprises, Our Friends in Berlin is inspired by true events. It is a story about deception and loyalty - and about people in love who watch each other as closely as spies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 20mm | 379g
  • Jonathan Cape Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1787330982
  • 9781787330986
  • 120,910

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"The best spy novel set in wartime London. A masterpiece… Anthony’s book is wonderful. He is a master at creating page-turning tension. Our Friends in Berlin grips the reader from the very first page and won’t let go. Good authors create period authenticity; superb authors add their own creative mood music to that. Anthony Quinn’s Blitz-battered London is more than black out curtains, blast tape and wrecked buildings, it is an eerie setting of Hitchcockian menace."
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"Our Friends in Berlin brings to the fore all of Quinn's talents - gripping storylines, plot twists, thorough research and elegant prose." * The Times * "An eye for a plot, a profound gift for character and a faultless sense of period and place: Anthony Quinn was always going to write first-rate thrillers, and Our Friends in Berlin is pure pleasure." -- David Hare "The best spy novel set in wartime London. A masterpiece... Anthony's book is wonderful. He is a master at creating page-turning tension. Our Friends in Berlin grips the reader from the very first page and won't let go. Good authors create period authenticity; superb authors add their own creative mood music to that. Anthony Quinn's Blitz-battered London is more than black out curtains, blast tape and wrecked buildings, it is an eerie setting of Hitchcockian menace." -- Edward Wilson, author of A Very British Ending "A cracking tale of high-stakes espionage and poignant romance. It's elegantly observed, expertly paced and intensely atmospheric." -- Hephzibah Anderson * Mail on Sunday * "This tale of wartime espionage is clever, perceptive and a very good read... Quinn's vividly imagined portrait is entirely convincing... This story is beautifully written and elaborately plotted... the plaudits are well deserved." * Literary Review *
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About Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn was born in Liverpool in 1964. From 1998 to 2013 he was the film critic for the Independent. He is the author of six novels: The Rescue Man, which won the 2009 Authors' Club Best First Novel Award; Half of the Human Race; The Streets, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Walter Scott Prize; Curtain Call, which was chosen for Waterstones and Mail on Sunday Book Clubs; Freya, a Radio 2 Book Club choice, and Eureka.
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255 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
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4 43% (110)
3 24% (62)
2 4% (10)
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