Lindy Burleigh

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The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

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Simon Mawer’s new novel, about a female secret agent, is billed as a good old-fashioned adventure story, albeit one which is subtly subverted by the presence of a female heroine in a masculine world. Like his weighty Man Booker-shortlisted The Glass Room, this novel is set during the Second World War, but otherwise Mawer has written a book that is its predecessor’s opposite – The Glass Room is a European novel of ideas; The Girl Who Fell from the Sky is a stab at a British action story.

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