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The Most Difficult Thing

Charlotte Philby



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01 August 2019
Fiction & Literature; Thriller & suspense; Espionage & spy thriller

'I devoured this' Erin Kelly 'Compulsive' i Paper 'Enigmatic' Louise Candlish 'A page-turning thriller' BBC Radio 4 Open Book 'Chilling' Good Housekeeping 'Addictive' Joanna Cannon 'Compelling' Daily Telegraph On the surface, Anna Witherall personifies everything the aspirational magazine she works for represents. Married to her university boyfriend David, she has a beautiful home and gorgeous three-year-old twin daughters, Stella and Rose. But beneath the veneer of success and happiness, Anna is hiding a dark secret, one that threatens to unravel everything she has worked so hard to create.

As Anna finds herself drawn into the dark and highly controlled world of secret intelligence, she is forced to question her family's safety, and her own. Only one thing is certain: in order to protect her children, she must leave them, forever.

And someone is watching. Someone she thought she could trust. Someone who is determined to make them all pay.

Stylish and assured, The Most Difficult Thing is an irresistible combination of contemporary espionage and domestic suspense, and a compulsive, highly charged examination of betrayal.
By:   Charlotte Philby
Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 221mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   500g
ISBN:   9780008326999
ISBN 10:   0008326991
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   01 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Charlotte Philby worked for the Independent for eight years, as a columnist, editor and reporter, and was shortlisted for the Cudlipp Prize at the 2013 Press Awards for her investigative journalism. Founder of the online platform, she regularly contributes to the Guardian and iNews, as well as the BBC World Service, Channel 4 and Woman's Hour. She has three children and lives in London. Charlotte is the granddaughter of Kim Philby, Britain's most famous communist double-agent.

Reviews for The Most Difficult Thing

`[An] intriguing exploration of deceit and duplicity' Guardian `I devoured this beautifully written, intricately wrought and unique blend of spy thriller and domestic suspense: The Most Difficult Thing is The Night Manager set in a woman's world. The twists keep coming, right down to that chilling last line' Erin Kelly `A compelling and emotionally resonant mixture of spy thriller and domestic suspense' Daily Telegraph `Charlotte Philby's debut The Most Difficult Thing is an enigmatic and slippery beast, a cool new generation of spy novel. Just as the characters play cat and mouse with one another, so does the author with her readers - it's a guessing game right to the end and I turned the last page with my heart pounding. Recommended' Louise Candlish `A genre-busting spy novel that amps up the tension and will leave you trusting no one' Red `Dark and addictive and magnificent' Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and Three Things About Elsie `A writer of promise' Financial Times `An espionage/domestic noir crossover in which betrayal is as inevitable as it is compulsive' i Paper `Compulsive and chilling' Good Housekeeping `A page-turning thriller' BBC Radio 4 Open Book `Like The Night Manager rewritten by Patricia Highsmith, this is a distinctively female take on spying' Mail on Sunday EVENT Magazine `Compelling and complex - a compulsive read' Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange `Spying has been her inheritance and this brilliant, beautifully crafted debut novel uses it to the full - and so much more besides' Jon Snow, Channel 4 News `Intricate, enigmatic, and compelling ... Philby is perfectly placed to blend spy thriller with domestic tension' Press Association

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