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Glorious 39

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by Stephen Poliakoff

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In present day London a young man explores his family history, asking searching questions of his elderly cousins. But as he asks more and more about a woman called Anne - are his motives as simple as they seem? In the gorgeous summer of 1939, Anne seems to live a gilded life - a budding young actress, she's the adopted daughter of Tory grandee Alexander and head-over-heels in love with Foreign Office official Lawrence. She discovers some innocent-seeming recordings of meetings - but as she begins to understand quite what her discoveries mean, a tangled web of dark secrets begins to unfurl. People who have come into contact with the recordings are threatened and even die. The innocent certainties on which her life has been based dramatically unravel and amidst a growing sense of menace and betrayal, she has to confront the bitter choice she will be forced to make.

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