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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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I doubt very much that I shall ever set foot in Russia again, but many Russian people and places are stamped on my heart. This is my first read by the author, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We follow the story of Clive Franklin, a Russian language expert in the Foreign Office. He's then recruited to translate for the Prime Minister and travel to Moscow. There, he meets his ex-girlfriend Marina. I haven’t read anything else by Harriet Crawley, but based on this I would read more of her novels, and if you enjoy a good spy thriller I can definitely recommend this one!

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Clive is the translator for the British PM, he's off to Moscow. On arrival he encounters his ex girlfriend Marina, she is the Russian PMs interpretor.

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Because I could speak these languages, I was commissioned aged 18, to write a book about the student riots of 1968. The book, called A Degree of Defiance, was published in 1969 when I was 20. I also wrote several major feature articles for the Daily Mail about the 1968 student riots in Paris. Serov imagines himself to be a figurehead and true descendant of the Stalin era, Old Mother Russia needs to be restored to her original boundaries, regardless of the toes he tramples on or the losses he causes. Clive is asked to step in to translate for the British PM in Russia where he finds himself drawn into the insidious intrigues of the Russians, and also surprised to find his ex-girlfriend in the midst of this dangerous game of political chess.

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