The Secrets We Kept Book Cover The Secrets We Kept
Lara Prescott
5th September 2019


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.


The CIA plans 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 willing 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 about the women in the CIA’s typing pool and the fate of Boris Pasternak’s banned masterpiece is a sweeping page turner and the most hotly anticipated debut of the year.

REVIEW- I was really swept up in the story of this book, it was so interesting to read a book about female spies compared to male spies. And the setting of the Cold Wars locations of the Russia and US was described in such detail the story l=took on a life of its own. I don’t know much about Dr Zhivago and i may have to look into the story but this was a very enjoyable read, from a debut author and i look forward to reading more from them. This book was what i would normally pick up but it was great to read something different to what i normally pick.