London, November, 1960: the Cold War is at its height. Spy fever fills the newspapers, and the political establishment knows how and where to bury its secrets. When a highly sensitive file goes missing, Simon Callington is accused of passing information to the Soviets, and arrested. His wife, Lily, suspects that his imprisonment is part of a cover-up, and that more powerful men than Simon will do anything to prevent their own downfall. She knows that she too is in danger, and must fight to protect her children. But what she does not realise is that Simon has hidden vital truths about his past, and may be found guilty of another crime that carries with it an even greater penalty
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"Helen Dunmore delivers a deceptively simple masterpiece, a new take on the lives of the men and -particularly - the women caught up in the cold war .Exposure
Independent on Sunday||"Exposureis the sort of winter read you hanker for.the period is so meticulously re-created that you almost hear the hiss of the gas streetlamps"
The Times||"Dunmore packs an impressive amount on to a compact canvas. Full of convincing detail, the novel is as much about sexuality in the age of the Chatterley ban as about Whitehall skulduggery . A dramatic mix of domesticity and derring-do . Like many of the best spy novels,Exposuresets out to unsettle Britain's view of itself."
Sunday Telegraph||"Under its smooth, naturalistic surfaces,Exposurehas a tightly wrought plot gripping as any thriller. But it is the union of this plot with complex, challenging characters that makes the book such a surprising and fulfilling read.will haunt you for months, if not years."
Guardian||"It is an intriguing set-up, and with Dunmore at its helm this tale of divided loyalties never lets up for a minute . Dunmore is such a class act . she sticks to the human essentials of her story, does not over-complicate things, and comes up trumps yet again."
Mail on Sunday||"Exposure
succeeds as a Cold War thriller as well as a psychological drama. It deals with some lurid events, but evokes the texture of time . It offers in fact what Dunmore does best: a story of "desperate urgency, cloaked in the everyday""
Sunday Times||"The danger with 'literary thrillers' is simple: the more literary a story is, the less thrilling it can be. There's a balance to be found, and Dunmore expertly weights both sides. She revels in layers of concealment. Beautiful poetic phrases, quite startling at times, enliven the eye and the mind."
Spectator||"Helen Dunmore's subtle tale of espionage and fear has a refreshingly human scale. It is, in many ways, a romance where salvation comes through a late, unexpected and generous act of love."
Independent||"An intricately observed and emotionally powerful Cold War thriller that combines subtlety and complexity to create a deeply satisfying and moving book"
Sunday Express, S Magazine||"Dunmore's treatment is distinctive. Her work as both a poet and a novelist, is characterised by its rich sensuality and the stark emotional truths at its core. This sensibility, along with the small domestic and personal details at which she excels, transcend genre."
LONDON, NOVEMBER 1960
The Cold War is at its height, and a spy may be a friend or neighbour, colleague or lover.
At the end of a suburban garden, in the pouring rain, a woman buries a briefcase deep in the earth.
She believes that is protecting her family.
What she will learn is that no one is immune from betrayal or the devastating consequences of exposure.
'Helen Dunmore beautifully fulfils the highest function of a storyteller.'Sunday Times
'An electrifying and original talent.'Guardian
'Everyone should read her work.'Independent on Sunday