Red Joan

  • by Jennie Rooney
  • Narrated by Juliet Stevenson
  • 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Joan’s voice is almost a whisper. ‘Nobody talked about what they did during the war. We all knew we weren’t allowed to.’ Joan Stanley has a secret. She is a loving mother, a doting grandmother, and leads a quiet, unremarkable life in the suburbs. Then one morning there is a knock on the door, and suddenly the past she has been so keen to hide for the last fifty years threatens to overturn her comfortable world.
Cambridge University in 1937 is awash with ideas and idealists, yet unworldly Joan feels better suited to a science lecture and a cup of cocoa. But a chance meeting with the glamorous Russian-born Sonya and her charismatic cousin Leo blurs the edges of the things Joan thought she knew about the world, and about herself. In the post-War world of smoke and mirrors, allegiance is a slippery thing. Working in a government ministry with access to top-secret information, Joan is suddenly faced with the most difficult question of all: what price would you pay to remain true to what you believe? Would you betray your country, your family, even the man you love?


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a gripping book

I loved this book..the story, the reading and the moral ambiguities. The story is gripping from begining to end but all the time it is making you think, what is right and what is wrong. The characters are sympathetic and beautifully created while Juliet Stevenson brings them to life superbly. Brilliant!
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- S E King

Brilliant street and telling

A great story impeccably read by Juliet Stevenson. Switches between present day and the 1930s/1940s, the story of Joan in her 20s and later as old woman when her past finally catches up with her.
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- Gill

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-02-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks