À l'aube de la guerre froide, Olga, la muse de Boris Pasternak, est arrêtée à Moscou et envoyée au goulag -il s'agit de faire pression sur le plus célèbre écrivain soviétique vivant, dont le roman Le Docteur Jivago critiquerait la révolution d'Octobre. En 1956, à Washington, Irina, Américaine d'origine russe, est embauchée par la CIA, officiellement comme dactylo, mais en vérité pour travailler sur le terrain. La chic et sophistiquée Sally est chargée de la former à l'art de l'espionnage.
De Moscou aux horreurs du goulag, de Washington à Paris et Milan, Nos secrets trop bien gardés met en scène la passion et le courage de trois femmes inoubliables en saisissant un moment extraordinaire du XXe siècle avec une maîtrise et une vérité étonnantes et rend hommage à toutes les femmes éclipsées par les hommes et oubliées par l'Histoire.
Ce roman est inspiré de la véritable tentative de la CIA d'introduire clandestinement le chef-d'oeuvre censuré de Pasternak au-delà du rideau de fer, une mission fondée sur la conviction qu'un livre a le pouvoir de changer le monde.
The September pick for Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine Book Club _______________ 'A thrilling, seductive and utterly compelling novel. I absolutely loved it!' SARAH WINMAN _______________ TWO FEMALE SPIES. A BANNED MASTERPIECE. A BOOK THAT CHANGED HISTORY.
1956. A celebrated Russian author is writing a book, Doctor Zhivago, which could spark dissent in the Soviet Union. The Soviets, afraid of its subversive power, ban it.
But in the rest of the world it's fast becoming a sensation.
In Washington DC, the CIA is planning to use the book to tip the Cold War in its favour.
Their agents are not the usual spies, however. Two typists - the charming, experienced Sally and the talented novice Irina - are charged with the mission of a lifetime: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago back into Russia by any means necessary.
It will not be easy. There are people prepared to die for this book - and agents willing to kill for it. But they cannot fail - as this book has the power to change history.
Sold in twenty-five countries and poised to become a global literary sensation, Lara Prescott's dazzling first novel is a sweeping page turner and the most hotly anticipated debut of the year.
________________ 'A riveting story of secrets, forbidden passions and the dark arts of espionage. I couldn't put it down!' LISA JEWELL 'Enthralling... This is a rare page-turner with prose that's as wily as its plot.' VOGUE 'A proto-feminist Mad Men transposed to the world of international espionage - mid-century style and intrigue set against real, indelible history.' ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY 'I loved this book. So vivid and engaging. A joy to read a story about spies that has lots of women in active roles.' CATHY RENTZENBRINK 'All the pre-publication hype is fully justified ... Prescott's debut novel turns out to be a truly wonderful blend of historical romance, spy thriller and insights into the myriad aspects of love in troubled times... Loved it.' CRIME TIME 'A fascinating story, so cleverly told, of the long chain of people who helped to bring Pasternak's masterpiece into the world. I gulped it down.' GILL HORNBY 'The insight into the workings of the CIA, the portrait of the 1950s and a threatened love affair in the West ... make for riveting reading.' DAILY MAIL 'Well-researched and cleverly constructed... An intriguing and little-known chapter of literary history is brought to life.' KIRKUS (starred review) 'Triumphant ... This debut shines as spy story, publication thriller and historical romance with a twist.' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 'This captivating novel is so assured that it's hard to believe it's a debut - and very easy to see why there's huge buzz around it.' SUNDAY MIRROR ________________ Early readers can't stop talking about The Secrets We Kept:
'I absolutely devoured it. Totally compelling, it made my heart swoop until the very last page.' 'Thrilling, moving and utterly compelling - one of those rare books that makes you forget the outside world.' 'The Secrets We Kept is a brilliant twist on the traditional Cold War spy thriller. It's told through a cast of intelligent and intriguing women and is full of secrets, glamour and love.' 'I absolutely loved it, adored it even, and I can't stop talking about The Secrets We Kept' 'The Secrets We Kept is like nothing else I've read before. The story is vivid and alluring, and one that will stay with you forever.' 'The Secrets We Kept reads like a high-stakes, Mad Men inspired, spy thriller. Classy and glamorous, yet revealing and complex, it has a cast of spectacular characters and a truly emotional core. This really is something special!
A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice--inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago . At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime. Their mission: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, where no one dare publish it, and help Pasternak's magnum opus make its way into print around the world. Glamorous and sophisticated Sally Forrester is a seasoned spy who has honed her gift for deceit all over the world--using her magnetism and charm to pry secrets out of powerful men. Irina is a complete novice, and under Sally's tutelage quickly learns how to blend in, make drops, and invisibly ferry classified documents. The Secrets We Kept combines a legendary literary love story--the decades-long affair between Pasternak and his mistress and muse, Olga Ivinskaya, who was sent to the Gulag and inspired Zhivago's heroine, Lara--with a narrative about two women empowered to lead lives of extraordinary intrigue and risk. From Pasternak's country estate outside Moscow to the brutalities of the Gulag, from Washington, D.C. to Paris and Milan, The Secrets We Kept captures a watershed moment in the history of literature--told with soaring emotional intensity and captivating historical detail. And at the center of this unforgettable debut is the powerful belief that a piece of art can change the world.