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Summary

In the quiet cul-de-sac where Keith and Stephen live, the only immediate signs of the Second World War are the blackout at night and a single random bombsite. But the two boys start to suspect all is not as it seems when one day Keith announces a disconcerting discovery: the Germans have infiltrated his own family. And when the secret underground world they have dreamed up emerges from the shadows, they find themselves engulfed in mysteries far deeper and more painful than they had bargained for.
©2002 Michael Frayn (P)2006 Time Warner AudioBooks

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"A beautifully accomplished, richly nostalgic novel about supposed second-world-war espionage seen through the eyes of a young boy." ( Sunday Times)

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  • Julie
  • WorcesterUnited Kingdom
  • 13-02-07

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Brilliantly read! The story is delightful and original and Michael Frayn keeps the suspense to the very end . 'Spies' shouldn't have been abridged in my opinion, as every line is wonderful. More of Frayn's books please!

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Really gripping

I really enjoyed this book. I'm not at all a big book reader but trying to read more, but I found this book slightly complicating and strange at the start but once you get into the book it is really exciting and everything makes sense. Really recommend to read this.

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