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Spies

AuthorMichael Frayn

NarratorMartin Jarvis

Duration7h 28m

CategoriesAdult Fiction, Novels

Key StageA Level

PublisherChivers

VersionUnabridged

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An old man returns to the scene of his ordinary suburban childhood. Stephen Wheatley is unsure of what he is seeking but, as he walks once-familiar streets he hasn't seen in 50 years, he unfolds a story of childish games colliding cruelly with adult realities. It is wartime and Stephen's friend Keith makes the momentous announcement that his mother is a German spy. The two boys begin to watch the supposed spy, following her on her trips to the shops and to the post, and reading her diary. Keith's mother does have secrets to conceal but they are not the ones the boys suspect. Winner of the Whitbread Novel of the Year.

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