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È una fredda mattina di gennaio quella in cui vengono a prendere Joan Stanley nella sua piccola casa alla periferia di Londra. Chi l'avrebbe mai detto. Joan è stata una mamma amorevole, una deliziosa nonna, un'amante del giardinaggio, e perfino un'occasionale allieva del corso di pittura con l'acquerello. E poi, quella mattina, qualcuno bussa alla porta. D'altra parte dove ...more
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Published December 4th 2018 by Piemme (first published March 7th 2013)
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Susan
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Based on the real life story of Melita Norwood, an eighty seven year old woman who was unmasked as the KGB's longest serving British spy in 1999, this is a flawless novel. Joan Stanley is a loving grandmother, living quietly in the suburbs, but she has a dark secret and it is about to come and haunt her. When she reads of the death of her old acquaintance Sir William Mitchell, she realises "they" have finally come for him, after all these years. If they came for him, they will come for her and, ...more
Yvonne
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved, loved, loved this novel.
The spy thing provides the background but this is the story of one woman's life which shows us what made her the person she was. We see her as a daughter, a best friend, a lover, a scientist, a wife and a mother... and a traitor.
This is a very well-structured novel with excellent characterisation. Clearly very well researched. It examines the nuances of motivation and conscience. Great stuff. Highly recommended.
Ints Brunenieks
Šī grāmata nav Džeimsa Bonda stila grāmata ar slēpšanos un pakaļdzīšanos, šaušanu un intrigām. Grāmatas aizraujošā anotācija sākotnēji lika vilties. Šī varētu būt kā praktiskais piemērs Suvorova grāmatai "Spiegošanas pamati" .
Patiesībā grāmata ir par cilvēka iekšējo pasauli un lielajām izvēlēm lielo vēsturisko pārmaiņu kontekstā. Grāmatā 80 gadu vecumā tiek aizturēta Anglijā dzīvojoša sieviete, kura kādā savas dzīves posmā ir nodevusi valstiski svarīgu informāciju PSRS. Nedēļu ilgās pratināšana
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Bettie☯
Book at Beachtime

Eleanor Bron and Olivia Hallinan read Jennie Rooney's thriller.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/...

A novel loosely based on this woman's exploits:

British spy Melita Norwood helped speed up USSR's atomic bomb programme. Melita Norwood, the "granny spy" who passed Britain's nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union, helped speed up Stalin's atomic bomb programme by five years, according to a controversial new biography.



Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/world...

Solid 3* bu
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Evija
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ja vajadzētu šo grāmatu raksturot vienā vārdā, es teiktu - dāmīšromāns. Patiesībā jau nebija slikts, ja vien uzraksti uz vāka un anotācija nemudinātu gaidīt pavisam citādu stāstu. Ja man saka, ka grāmata būs par latviešu izcelsmes spiedzi, kas Padomijai pārdeva atombumbu, es sagaidu nianses par to, kā tas varēja notikt, kādi bija sadarbības tīkli, emocionālā spriedze, taču šī sižeta līnija attīstīta ļoti vāji, tā vietā daudz vairāk pieminot mīlestības fineses un māsīcas ūdeļādas kažoku. Es uz vā ...more
Liene M.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uz vēstures fona veidots stāsts par apstākļu sakritībām, izvēlēm, rīcību un sekām. Ko darītu tu?
Doreen
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
In 2005, Joan Stanley, an 85-year-old widow and grandmother, is accused of passing atomic secrets to Stalin’s Russia during the Cold War. In five days of interrogation by MI5, Joan relives her days at Cambridge (where she became friends with two cousins and communist sympathizers, Leo and Sonya Galich), and her work as a secretary in a lab researching the components of nuclear technology. During her questioning, she is joined by her son Nick, a barrister who is totally unaware of his mother’s wa ...more
Vibhu Mahajan
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vibhu by: Book club
I immensely enjoyed this book. Being a political science degree holder, I'm always fascinated by anything related to WWII and especially espionage.

This book is a twist about the inner struggle of a British woman, Joan Robson, who becomes a Soviet spy as soon as the US drops the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Throughout the book, you see her starting her journey as a naive doe-eyed college student who befriends an enigmatic Russian named Sonya. She is quickly drawn into communist rallies and talks, w
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Ieva
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Šķiet, ka grāmatai ir nepareizs mārketings. Tā tiek pieteikta kā vēsturisks spiegu romāns - bet drīzāk tas ir attiecību romāns ar vēsturisko spiegu piešprici. Visa pamatā ir nevis spiedzes pārliecība, bet ļaušanās smadzeņu skalošanai no ļoti harizmātiska vīrieša un draudzenes puses, un romāna gaitu nosaka attiecības ar tiem diviem, nevis kas cits.
Turklāt, latviešu publika tika uzkurināta, uzsverot, ka spiedzes tēla pamatā ir latviešu izcelsmes konkrēta sieviete - Melita Norvuda, taču diemžēl ta
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Gunita Nagle
Spiegu romāns gan mazliet smaržo pēc dāmu parfīma, bet tik un tā aizraujošs. Ar nepacietībā trīcošām rokām grāmjot pēc šīs grāmatas, biju naivi cerējusi, ka Kembridžā vēsturi studējusī autore būs vairāk izmantojusi padomju spiedzes (rakstīts, ka latviskas izcelsmes, latviešu sociāldemokrāta Aleksandra Zirņa meita) Melitas Norvudas dzīvesstāstu. Bet, nē, romāna uzbūvei izmantotas ir, piemēram, spiegu savaņģošanas shēmas. Mazliet traucēja, ka romānā ir pārlieku daudz izmantota fantāzija. Līdz gala ...more
Kristīne
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grāmata ir burvīga.
Bet nelielu vilšanos grāmatas beigās sagādāja autores piezīmes, kurās viņa atklāj, cik maz kopīga ir Melitai Norvudai ar grāmatas Džoanu. Piezīmes pamanījos izlasīt pirms pabeidzu grāmatu un tas visu sabojāja. Zaudēju sajūsmu un ticību.
Grāmatā Džona tiek attaisnota vai vismaz autore liek just līdzi Džoanai un uztvert viņu kā situācijas upuri ar cēliem ideāliem, bet Melita esot bijusi pārliecināta komuniste un spiedze līdz "kaulam".
Es biju sajūsmināta par to attaisnojumu, kādu
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Doronike
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read_2017
Turu aizdomās autori, ka viņa centās uzrakstīt spiegu romānu meitenēm, kas dziļi atklātu jaunas sievietes nokļūšanu uz netiklās dzimtenes nodevības takas. Bet tas nebija manā gaumē - pārāk daudz puņķu un pārāk maz realitātes, romāna atmosfēra ļoti nosacīti ataino laikmeta garu. Katrā ziņā tas pats Folets vai le Karē ir krietni labāki spiegu trilleru autori, savukārt Benvila "Neaizskaramais" ir lielisks spiega iekšējās pasaules iztirzājums. Tad jau labāk būtu izdevuši Melitas Norvudas biogrāfiju, ...more
Egita
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spiegu romāns ar reālās dzīves prototipu, manuprāt, ļoti labs. Ja gribētu būt piekasīga, varbūt arī atrastu kādu vājo punktu sižeta līnijās un galvenās varones īpašībās, bet lai nu paliek.
Shoshana G
Loosely inspired by the story of KGB spy Melita Norwood, this novel tells the story of Joan Stanley, an elderly woman who wakes up one morning to British Security Services knocking on her door asking questions about her involvement with a recently deceased suspected Communist spy. The week long interrogation delves into her studies at Cambridge, her past love for a Communist agitator, and her friendship with the bewildering Sonya. This book does a remarkable job of creating a sympathetic connect ...more
Vickie
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loosely based on a real person, Melina Norwood, this book was a fascinating story of a woman who lives her life with a huge secret. I was glued to this book more & more with each page I turned.
Cláudia Mello
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
História incrível, muito bem contada.
Laine
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man ļoti patīk "Kopenhāgena" & šī arī laba un par to pašu.
Melinda
Seventy years after the fact, somehow Joan’s earlier life has come to light. She had graduated with a physics “certificate “ from Cambridge, because women weren’t granted degrees. During her time there she had made friends with a group of young socialists and now MI-5 wants to hear about them. As her youthful follies are revealed- and , most embarrassing, in front of her son who is now a prominent solicitor, it becomes clear that even Joan did not realize the truth of the events around her.
Elizabeth Ducie
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s not been a huge amount of publicity for Jennie Rooney’s third novel, ‘Red Joan’. I’d never heard of it, not of Rooney herself, until it was nominated as our monthly read by one of the members of my book club, and she only found it via a small article in a Sunday newspaper. This understated arrival seems most appropriate for such a well-written and gently presented novel. With its beautifully-designed cover, credited to Suzanne Dean, it suggests a quiet, well-behaved story about quiet, we ...more
Jordana
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An older widow who loves her art and ballroom dancing classes, Joan Stanley stands accused by MI5 of passing government secrets to the USSR during the latter part of the Second World War and the years following. Joan's character is loosely based on Melita Norwood, who, at the age of 87, was identified as the most significant and longest-serving British KGB spy of the Cold War period. Roonie, in her author's note, however, makes it clear that the similarities between the two women begins and ends ...more
Lindsay Wilson
I was one of the lucky First Reads winners of this book. This is an updated review, because it stuck with me more than I expected it to, so I felt like it needed to be bumped up to 4 stars, and also because I wanted to expand on my opinions a bit.

First of all, I really enjoyed the premise of this book, even though it wasn't quite what I had been expecting. I figured it would be more of a spy novel than the character driven book that it ended up being, but it still really worked. I found it very
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Joan Redmond
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book initially for rather superficial reasons: I share a name with the main character, and I'm also a student at Cambridge, so it grabbed my attention! However, once I started reading I was immediately gripped.
85-year-old Joan has MI5 arrive on her doorstep, wanting to ask her a few questions- because she was Russian spy during the late 1940s. This book is excellent on characterisation, and devotes a lot of time to exploring not just political & ideological motives that mig
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Kate
Jun 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lara Kleinschroth
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
A gripping and intriguing story of a young woman caught up in the heady times of college life as the world marches toward its 2nd World War; and the types of people around on campus in those times, doing their recruiting for various causes. She inevitably gets pulled toward communism by her interest in a man she meets through his vivacious cousin and winds up spying for Russia, supplying them with the blueprints for building nuclear bombs. After the War, she disappears to Australia and starts a ...more
Brian
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the age of eighty-five Joan Stanley is unmasked as a Cold War spy who passed secrets about the production of the atomic bomb to the Russians. During five days of interrogation by MI5 we share her memories of student life in Cambridge and learn how the intense relationships she formed during that impressionable period drew her inexorably into the world of espionage.

Deeply principled but emotionally vulnerable, Joan believes what she wants to be true about her glamorous Russian friends, ignorin
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Becky
This is a compelling spy story with some really well written characters. The story opens with an elderly woman being taken in for questioning by MI5 and continues through a series of flashbacks prompted by the questioning. The reasons for Joan's betrayal of state secrets are slowly revealed and are shown to be deeper than mere ideology. The story seems to draw deeply on the true story of Melita Norwood who genuinely did work for the British Non-Ferrous Metals Research Association and who shared ...more
Karen
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As her modern day story unfolded under the glaring lights of MI5, we were treated to the fully fleshed out - though at times maddeningly naive - character of Joan, a bright-eyed student at Cambridge turned lovesick young adult who finds herself attached to the wrong crowd but ingtrigued by their passion and fortitude nonetheless. At once bashful and brash, you see the world through Joan's eyes, while also wanting to shake her shoulders and wake her up to the true goings-on around her. I found my ...more
Alecia
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got caught up in Joan's story right away, and found it to be engrossing and well-written, with Joan a fully fleshed-out character. When she is in her 80's, Joan Stanley is arrested for being a spy. She worked as a personal assistant to a director of important metals research during the Cold War, and passed along secrets to making the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. When she attended Cambridge, studying science, she became friendly with a group of friends who were Communists, and she fell in l ...more
Cait
THIS WAS AMAZING.

The framing device was really well executed, it meant we got the POV of Joan at the time & in hindsight. Seeing her son's opinions was also an interesting addition.

At some points I was a bit incredulous at the fact that Joan a) seemingly had no idea that giving secrets to Russia wasn't a bad idea - though I did like that she was giving them up because she thought it was the morally correct thing to do, rather than for money or because of blackmail - and b) was so naive about
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Bibliophile
As far as awkward family secrets go, Granny Joan has one that will definitely ruin the holidays: she used to be a spy for the Russians. When the MI5 come knocking on her door, the whole story of her Cambridge days and the intelligence work she did during the war is revealed.

Slow-moving, well structured and well written. The flashbacks, which make up the bulk of the novel, were far less interesting than the present day portion of it. The story of the young and painfully naive Joan (for someone s
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Jennie Rooney was born in 1980 and grew up in Liverpool, Zambia and Bromley. She attended Newstead Wood School in Orpington, before reading History at Cambridge University. She taught English for a while in a primary school in France before training as a solicitor in London and Paris. Her first novel, Inside the Whale, was written during this time and was published by Chatto & Windus in 2008, ...more
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“The war is over and most people have lost someone, but until this moment she has never known the wash of emptiness that comes from such finality. To know that she will never speak to him again, never hear his voice or know his thoughts or bury her head in his chest as she used to when she was a child. This knowledge provokes in her the odd sensation that she is disintegrating, that her grief is pooling away into a great ocean of shared sadness.

And now what? she thinks. What happens now?”
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