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Exposure av Helen Dunmore
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Exposure (urspr publ 2016; utgåvan 2016)

av Helen Dunmore (Författare)

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London, November, 1960: the Cold War is at its height. Spy fever fills the newspapers, and the political establishment knows how and where to bury its secrets. When a highly sensitive file goes missing, Simon Callington is accused of passing information to the Soviets, and arrested. His wife, Lily, suspects that his imprisonment is part of a cover-up, and that more powerful men than Simon will do anything to prevent their own downfall. She knows that she too is in danger, and must fight to protect her children. But what she does not realise is that Simon has hidden vital truths about his past, and may be found guilty of another crime that carries with it an even greater penalty.… (mer)
Medlem:Lori_Eshleman
Titel:Exposure
Författare:Helen Dunmore (Författare)
Info:Atlantic Monthly Press (2016), 400 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
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At the height of the Cold War in 1960, Britain is suspicious and seemingly threatened by Soviet spies attempting to pass on secrets about defence capabilities. This sets the backdrop for ‘Exposure’ as Simon Callington, who works at the Admiralty is caught up in the fever. In a truthful evocation of the time, the story oscillates between Simon, his wife Lilly and Giles Holloway, Simon’s mentor at the Admiralty. But there is more than government secrets at risk and the paranoia is increased by Simon trying to keep secret his past. The accusation of spying against him is worsened by the fact that Lily is a German refugee who escaped to Britain as a young girl in the late 1930s and so is seen as another suspected of divided loyalties.
The story reflects on the varying nature of love as the accusations reawaken Lily’s buried experiences as a Jew in Berlin before her emigration and she shows that she is determined to protect her children. This makes for an intriguing story as each of the protagonists try to protect their own personal secrets in a book that is both sensitive to their feelings and an enthralling investigation of the world of spies.
  camharlow2 | Oct 3, 2020 |
A little pot boiler this one. I nice period piece and middle class study. What goes together better than, Englishness, class, homosexuality and spying. Don’t get me wrong, I am not being facetious, this really is the core of this book and it is a superb piece of work. I can almost see the BBC produced mini-series complete with Fair Isle pullovers and hot cocoa around a winter fire.

I tore through it and loved every minute. Nothing deep or moving just clever writing and a solid storyline. ( )
  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
Exposure is a story set during the Cold War, about espionage, relationships, loyalties, and forgiveness. I very much enjoyed reading about Lily, and how she coped with all that was thrown at her - losing her job, moving her family away from all things familiar, managing on a much reduced income, having her husband imprisoned, and unexpectedly discovering things she never knew about him.

I didn't get into this story until just after halfway through, when Lily's story takes centre stage. Hers was the story, from the blurb, that I thought the book was about. I couldn't summon any interest for Giles Holloway's history and involvement with Simon, or Julian Clowde's role as head of the spy ring.

The plot is similar to Edith Nesbitt's The Railway Children, in which the father is unjustly accused of espionage and imprisoned, but is eventually exonerated. In Exposure the children only have supporting roles, and it is the mother, Lily, who is the heroine in this story. ( )
  Deborah_J_Miles | Oct 14, 2019 |
It's 1960 and a domestic accident for Giles ends up shaking the lives of Simon and Lily, leading to espionage charges for him and running away from their London lives for Lily and the children, bringing up old memories for all of them. I liked all the main characters and found it easy to get into their lives. ( )
  mari_reads | Jul 21, 2018 |
A "page turner" Margot brought with her. Good enough read, though I was unfamiliar with references that set up the "thriller" part of it. Eventually figured out it had something to do with passing information to Russians during the cold war. A bit skeptical of the ending, which all came together rather quickly, given the slower pace of the preceeding three hundred pages... But good enough. Helen Dunmore was a friend of Carole Bromley, my 52 poet friend. ( )
  KymmAC | May 5, 2018 |
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London, November, 1960: the Cold War is at its height. Spy fever fills the newspapers, and the political establishment knows how and where to bury its secrets. When a highly sensitive file goes missing, Simon Callington is accused of passing information to the Soviets, and arrested. His wife, Lily, suspects that his imprisonment is part of a cover-up, and that more powerful men than Simon will do anything to prevent their own downfall. She knows that she too is in danger, and must fight to protect her children. But what she does not realise is that Simon has hidden vital truths about his past, and may be found guilty of another crime that carries with it an even greater penalty.

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