The Spy Game

Diana Quick reads the novel by Georgina Harding, set in 1960s England.

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0120090622

Eight-year-old Anna waves goodbye to her mother one morning, unaware that she is disappearing forever.

All is not as it seems in 1960s Britain: the Portland spy case has rocked the Establishment and official secrets documents nestle in the shopping baskets of respectable housewives as Cold War paranoia takes hold.

In the midst of all this, Anna and her brother begin a quest for the truth about their mother that will last a lifetime.

Abridged by Lauris Morgan Griffiths.

02*20090623

Peter points out to Anna that their mother disappeared on the same day that the news broke of the arrests in the Portland spy case.

They realise that they actually know very little about their mother - can they even be certain that she is dead?

03*20090624

As Peter's obsession with spy rings deepens, he encourages Anna to use code to allow them to communicate secretly.

In their search for clues into the disappearance of their mother, they begin to make lists of her possessions and acquaintances - they are beginning to think like spies.

04*20090625

Anna and Peter adopt ever more furtive observation techniques to help them develop their theories about their mother's disappearance.

05*20090626

Peter has made Anna think the unthinkable about their mother, and the pair redouble their surveillance efforts.

0620090629

Diana Quick reads the novel by Georgina Harding, set in 1960s England.

In the snowy winter of 1962, Peter and Anna continue their investigations into the life and death of their mother.

They are convinced that she cannot simply have died in a car crash.

The mystery casts a long shadow over Anna's life.

Abridged by Lauris Morgan Griffiths.

Peter and Anna continue their investigations into the life and death of their mother.

0720090630

Diana Quick reads the novel by Georgina Harding, set in 1960s England.

Ten-year-old Anna continues to watch more mysteries unfold.

Issues that are simply too difficult to deal with are buried deeply in the harsh winter, but Anna glimpses something out of the corner of her eye that is truly shocking.

Abridged by Lauris Morgan Griffiths.

Anna glimpses something that is truly shocking.

08*20090701

After the shocking discovery of Sarah Cahn's suicide, Peter steps up his investigation into the mystery of his mother's disappearance.

His actions place him in danger, and Anna, as his unwilling accomplice, is put in a difficult position.

Their father is forced to talk about their mother's death, but will the answers that he gives be convincing enough?

Abridged by Lauris Morgan Griffiths.

Peter's actions place him in danger, and Anna is put in a difficult position.

09*20090702

Anna's quest to find the truth about her mother continues into adulthood and she decides to visit her mother's birthplace, Kaliningrad, to seek answers.

10 LAST*20090703

Unlike her brother, Anna has been unable to lay the mystery of their mother's past to rest.

She visits her mother's birthplace to gather evidence and look for clues, deploying all the old tricks of the spy game.

Will she find the answers to the questions that have haunted her throughout her life?

Abridged by Lauris Morgan Griffiths.

Will Anna find the answers to the questions that have haunted her throughout her life?