Restless by William Boyd

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A masterful and thrilling espionage novel from one of the most talented authors of his generation. Full of tension and drama, emotion and history, this is storytelling at its finest. Now a major TV movie adaptation by The Sundance Channel and the BBC.
It is Paris, 1939. Twenty-eight year old Eva Delectorskaya is at the funeral of her beloved younger brother. Standing among her family and friends she notices a stranger. Lucas Romer is a patrician looking Englishman with a secretive air and a persuasive manner. He also has a mysterious connection to Kolia, Eva's murdered brother. Romer recruits Eva and soon she is traveling to Scotland to be trained as a spy and work for his underground network. After a successful covert operation in Belgium, she is sent to New York City, where she is involved in manipulating the press in order to shift American public sentiment toward getting involved in WWII.
Three decades on and Eva has buried her dangerous history. She is now Sally Gilmartin, a respectable English widow, living in a picturesque Cotswold village. No one, not even her daughter Ruth, knows her real identity. But once a spy, always a spy. Sally has far too many secrets, and she has no one to trust. Before it is too late, she must confront the demons of her past. This time though she can't do it alone, she needs Ruth's help. Restless is a thrilling espionage novel set during the Second World War and a haunting portrait of a female spy. Full of tension and drama, emotion and history, this is storytelling at its finest.
 

About William Boyd

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William Boyd's first novel, A Good Man in Africa, won a Whitbread Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award; his second, An Ice-Cream War, was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; and The Blue Afternoon won the Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction. Boyd lives in London.
 
Published May 20, 2009 by Bloomsbury USA. 337 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Ruth Gilmartin is a single mother of one in 1976 England.

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The protagonist of William Boyd’s new novel learns that her mother is not what she seems.

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Restless William Boyd Bloomsbury £7.99 William Boyd's ninth novel is a thriller that begins when Sally Fairchild, a recently widowed housewife, hands her memoirs to her daughter Ruth, a single mother who enjoys a prosaic existence teaching English as a second language in Oxford.

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So, when two spies fall in love - or appear to fall in love - as they do in William Boyd's new novel, the story becomes a hall of mirrors in which everybody is deceiving everybody else.

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The Guardian

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Eva in the first, and the book opens as Eva hands Ruth a memoir of her life as a young woman in the Second World War.

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Book Reporter

Ruth's fear that her mother is exhibiting the early signs of senile dementia gives way to curiosity when Sally hands her a typewritten memoir, entitled THE STORY OF EVA DELECTORSKAYA, and reveals that she's a Russian émigré who had been recruited by a shadowy handler, Lucas Romer, to work in the ...

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The Telegraph

It’s not out of the question that the Sewell character, played in the Seventies sequences by Michael Gambon, might end up gerontocratically rampling with Rampling herself in the second episode.

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The Bookbag

Summary: As beautifully written as you'd expect, William Boyd's venture into the world of the spy thriller is classy but oddly distant and formal.

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