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Summary

The brand-new historical novel from the best-selling author of The Alice Network and The Huntress.

1940, Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire.

Three very different women are recruited to the mysterious Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes.

Vivacious debutante Osla has the dashing Prince Philip of Greece sending her roses - but she burns to prove herself as more than a society girl, working to translate decoded enemy secrets. Self-made Mab masters the legendary codebreaking machines as she conceals old wounds and the poverty of her East-End London upbringing. And shy local girl Beth is the outsider who trains as one of the Park’s few female cryptanalysts.

1947, London. 

Seven years after they first meet, on the eve of the royal wedding between Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, disaster threatens. Osla, Mab and Beth are estranged, their friendship torn apart by secrets and betrayal. Yet now they must race against the clock to crack one final code together, before it’s too late, for them and for their country.

If you loved The Crown, don’t miss this riveting historical novel....

©2021 Kate Quinn (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"It’s epic in every way, brilliantly researched, beautifully written and completely unputdownable. Everyone needs it on their list for 2021." (Jenny Ashcroft)

"An intricate play of love, loss, betrayal and redemption, Kate Quinn’s novel is every bit as complex and fascinating as the codes being broken at Bletchley Park.... Impossibly gripping from start to finish, The Rose Code is a cracking good read!" (Celia Rees)

"Immersive, thrilling and packed with wonderful characters - some fictional, others real. I absolutely loved every page of this incredible, meticulously researched book." (Jill Mansell)

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Absolutely wonderful

l first fell upon Kate Quinns books quite a while ago. the roman quartet, which, frustratingly, is not available on audible. l started to read the first waiting for a tram and after page one, l went back to the book shop and was hysterical with pleasure to find they had all four, AND the two Borgia books. l waited like a greyhound in the slips for her next three. Characters, plots, tragedy, romance, adventure, forget everything else and just read them all. lm quite jealous of you because even though l read them or listen to them over and over again, nothing beats the first time. Well Kate, what are you waiting for? Get that next one out!!!!!

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It should have been great.

At heart there’s a fabulous story here but it was utterly ruined by sloppiness. First of all the author is American and made no effort to keep clunking Americanisms out of the text. It’s chock full of words no British person would ever say like bangs, stoop, sidewalk etc. If the author doesn’t know how English people speak, surely an editor should. Secondly the narrator was clearly instructed to pronounce words in an American style which sounded ridiculous in an upper class accent. Accents did wander a bit too. Poor Beth was from somewhere up north at times and from the Welsh borders at others. Last and most hilariously, the racist old ghoul, Prince Philip is many things but I’m pretty sure he was never any kind of Loootenant.

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A fascinating, brilliant book...

...that I'll find hard to replace - right up there with the best of the best all-time great Audible titles. A variety of well-drawn characters and details throughout accurately evoked the tensions of the period I'd heard so much of from family. I just wish it had been longer...

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Thoroughly enjoyable.

Absolutely loved it. The narrator was brilliant. Couldn't stop listening.
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Brilliant Bletchley Pk story

Gosh, I’d not expected this to be so riveting... a thrilling plot, beautifully crafted characters & a satisfying conclusion! What more can you ask for? Highly recommend!!

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started before & finished after.....

I started listening to this fine book just before Prince Philip died & have complete today 5 days before his funeral. Mixing this story with factual events reported brought the book more to life!! Just knarks me that all that womanly talent was lost because of some 'cultural' short-sightedness which sadly is still in evidence today.

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Brilliant story

I absolutely loved this book and learnt so much .

Thank you for such a brilliant story based around the true facts of what went on in BP.

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Secrets from Bletchley Park.

A gripping story and romance based upon three girls working at Bletchley on the top-secret cracking of German codes in WWII. Occurring in two time-scales, WWII and a few years later, the listener is gripped and the narration is truly excellent. One of the best Audible books for me so far.

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Great story

Although I really enjoyed this book, the pronunciation of some place names and words was very annoying KesWick instead of Keswick, with a silent W and the way Coventry was pronounced. Apart from those words and a couple of others, very enjoyable.

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Best novel yet

Having read author's other war novels l was looking forward to this new release not disappointed This is the best by far The characters where spellbinding the story was brilliant even the royal connection added another dimension Totally recommend Bound to be bestseller Narrated beautifully