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The Translator: one of the top thrillers of 2023 and of the month for The Sunday Times/Times

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The novel is set between 1999 and 2013, with some sections narrated by Carmel and some by her mother. Written by an insider: Harriet Crawley lived in Moscow for many years, working in the energy sector at a time of exploding wealth concentration and increasingly violent political repression. She would translate impossibly complicated books such as Gas Well De-Liquification from English into Russian. Clive Franklin, a Russian language expert in the Foreign Office, is summoned unexpectedly in 2017 to Moscow, to act as translator for the British Prime Minister.

A few months later, a Russian friend who ran a gas processing company in Moscow offered her a job at a technical publishing company. Aidan Merivale Crawley MBE (10 April 1908 – 3 November 1993) [1] was a British journalist, television executive and editor, and politician. He was an MP and the son of successful business owners who have a grand townhouse in Bath and a weekend place in Gloucestershire.He’s briefed further on the plane, reminded that his phone will be bugged, the FSB will be watching, but to keep his ears and eyes open. When Clive becomes privy to a potential attack on the undersea cables between the UK and the US, Marina may be able to gain intelligence on this operation, and defect to the UK. Clive is in a dangerous position as a mostly untrained go-between; although he’s being watched, naturally, as a diplomat he’s not in quite the same position as his lover. Crawley's Russia is one that finds itself torn between its long-standing Soviet ambitions and the temptations of the modern age, where corruption vies constantly with ideology. Read more about the condition New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages.

He also made four Minor Counties Championship appearances for Buckinghamshire in 1948 [7] and was president of MCC in 1972-73 and the chairman of the National Cricket Association for seven years, during which time he was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the National Village Cricket Championship. When they meet each other over the table during talks the next day, both will be surprised, but able to not show an inkling. A timely novel: a paper written for the Policy Exchange think tank by Rishi Sunak, now the UK Prime Minister but then a little-known backbencher, described an attack on undersea communication cables as the most “existential” threat we could face “short of nuclear or biological warfare”. I’ve just been to the packed launch party of her fourth novel, The Translator, flagged by both the Times and the Sunday Times as their Thriller of the Month.The Metropol gets a good look in, with its curious coloured marble and which was made so famous through the Amor Towles’ novel A Gentleman in Moscow, where the hotel was a character in itself. A highly topical thriller about a Russian plot to cut the undersea communication cables linking the US to the UK. Clive, a man keen to remain in the background, is catapulted into a tight web of intrigue and espionage. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. There is Russian interference, blame and bluster, fudging and smoke screens, threats and counter-threats that all feel so depressingly familiar from contemporary international relations in the real world, the deviousness is excellently captured in this novel.

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