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Spies (Educational Edition)

Michael Frayn

Spies by Michael Frayn is the classic wartime coming-of-age novel from one of Britain’s best-loved writers. Winner of the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award.

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Designed to meet the requirements for students at IGCSE and A level, this accessible educational edition offers the complete text of Spies with a comprehensive study guide. Highlights of Andrew Bruff’s guide include:

– detailed analyses of character, setting and theme;
– close examination of the novel’s plot, structure and narrative techniques;
– key quotations and activities both for the student working alone and in the classroom.

In the quiet cul-de-sac where Keith and Stephen live the only immediate signs of the Second World War are the blackout at night and a single random bomb site. But the two boys start to suspect all is not as it seems when one day Keith announces a disconcerting discovery: the Germans have infiltrated his own family. And when the secret underground world they have dreamed up emerges from the shadows they find themselves engulfed in mysteries far deeper and more painful than they had bargained for.

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A beautifully accomplished, richly nostalgic novel about supposed second-world-war espionage seen through the eyes of a young boy.

Sunday Times
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Deeply satisfying ... Frayn has written nothing better.

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A novel with a vivid sympathy for how lonely, scared and helpless being a child often feels, and how easily and eagerly we forget it ... A pleasure to read.

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This brilliant and serious novel is Frayn on absolutely top - if unashamedly smart - form.

Daily Telegraph
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Bernard Shaw couldn't do it, Henry James couldn't do it, but the ingenious English author Michael Frayn does do it: write novels and plays with equal success ... Frayn's novel excels.

John Updike, New Yorker

Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933 and began his career as a journalist on the Guardian and the Observer. His novels include Towards the End of the Morning, Headlong, Spies and Skios. His seventeen plays range from Noises Off, recently chosen as one of the nation’s three favourite plays, to Copenhagen, which won the 1998 Evening Standard Award…

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