©2004 Charlotte Bingham; (P)2005 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.
I enjoyed this book almost from the first few paragraphs and it delighted me as it went on to a very interesting plot. The description of the war time rationing and the way of life was something I knew about from my grandmother but the story helped me understand how the people coped with everyday life. I fell in love with the characters, reveled in the thrill of being a spy. enjoyed the travelling with the agents. Well done well researched.
Kim Hicks has a wonderful voice but she overdoes the cadences, the emphases at the end of each sentence. Her narration doesn't flow.
With a good screen writer to improve on the novel, yes.
The novel promises to be interesting at first: a woman's view of British spies in 1940 and 1941. At first, the move back and forth from the spy story to the intimate lives of the characters is rather interesting. But Bingham loses control of the plot and characters, and it just sort of wanders off around the third chapter. I was disappointed.
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