Cambridge University in 1937 is awash with ideas and idealists - to unworldly Joan it is dazzling. After a chance meeting with Russian-born Sonya and Leo, Joan is swept up in the glamour and energy of the duo, and finds herself growing closer and closer to them both. But allegiance is a slippery thing. Out of university and working in a government ministry with access to top-secret information, Joan finds her loyalty tested as she is faced with the most difficult question of all: what price would you pay to remain true to yourself?
'A gripping, emotional and expertly plotted spy novel of the Cold War, inspired by a real story. Beautifully written and clever' KATE MOSSE
"An exciting and intelligent novel... Rooney's re-creation of the politics of the day is brilliant" -- Kate Saunders The Times "A brilliant spy novel, with an unlikely culprit and a deft, involving plot... Tense, beautifully pitched and very moving" Marie Claire "If you loved William Boyd's Restless, you'll enjoy this" -- Viv Groskop Red "A meditation on the secrets we keep... Red Joan's strength lies in the complex personal relationships that underpin the spying game... A powerfully-written exploration of the far-reaching consequences that even the smallest-seeming actions can have" -- Kaite Welsh Literary Review "A great thriller and a stirring love story" Grazia
Jennie Rooney was born in Liverpool in 1980. She read History at the University of Cambridge and taught English in France before moving to London to work as a lawyer. Her first novel, Inside the Whale, was a Richard and Judy debut choice, Tesco Book Club selection and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. Her second novel, The Opposite of Falling, was published in 2010.