STAFF PICK: The Secrets We Kept


Veronica’s staff pick for September: “I loved this fictional account of how the CIA helped to smuggle the manuscript of Dr Zhivago out of the Soviet Union for propaganda purposes. It’s a cleverly constructed debut novel, which weaves Boris Pasternak and his lover Olga’s tragic history with that of imagined women from the Agency’s typing pool who are finding emancipation in 1950s America.”
Two female spies. A banned masterpiece. The power to change history.

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1956. A celebrated Russian author is writing a book, Doctor Zhivago, which could spark dissent in the Soviet Union.
The Soviets, afraid of its subversive power, ban it. But in the rest of the world it’s fast becoming a sensation. In Washington DC, the CIA is planning to use the book to tip the Cold War in its favour.
Their agents are not the usual spies, however. Two typists – the charming, experienced Sally and the talented novice Irina – are charged with the mission of a lifetime: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago back into Russia by any means necessary. It will not be easy.
There are people prepared to die for this book – and agents willing to kill for it. But they cannot fail – as this book has the power to change history.
Hardback; 480 pages; 718g;