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Summary

From the Sunday Times best-selling author of Last Letter Home, a Richard & Judy Book Club pickcomes a thrilling story about a woman with an extraordinary life, based on a true story.

Minnie Gray is an ordinary young woman.

She is also a spy for the British government.

It all began in the summer of 1928....

Minnie is supposed to find a nice man, get married and have children. The problem is it doesn’t appeal to her at all. She is working as a secretary but longs to make a difference.

Then, one day, she gets her chance. She is recruited by the British government as a spy. Under strict instructions not to tell anyone, not even her family, she moves to London and begins her mission - to infiltrate the Communist movement.

She soon gains the trust of important leaders. But as she grows more and more entangled in the workings of the movement, her job becomes increasingly dangerous. Leading a double life is starting to take its toll on her relationships and, feeling more isolated than ever, she starts to wonder how this is all going to end. The Russians are notorious for ruthlessly disposing of people given the slightest suspicion.

What if they find out?

Full of suspense, courage and love, A Beautiful Spy is a stunningly written story about resisting the norm and following your dreams, even if they come with sacrifices.

©2020 Rachel Hore (P)2020 Simon & Schuster UK

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Not bad....

Quite enjoyable on the whole but story is a bit dull and OTT!? Minnie is annoying, Max? Not sure either. The narrator on the whole was good but sounds like she’s on the edge of emphysema which is off putting and rather irritating.

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Believable and well read.

I loved it, the writing really carried you along and you could physically feel the tension. Gave an insight into how many woman must have felt about their prospective role of wife and mother in the 1930's and how one woman broke the mold.

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What a hidden gem

Brilliantly narrated Excellent story I loved this audio book The storyline was brilliant I was so invested in Minnie absolutely convinced Max was either a fraudster or double agent Such a great book