Books over Brunch the Subplot. Sun 6th Dec 2020. Restless, William Boyd.

A creative place where people who love words come together and explore their love of literature in all its forms. The group decides on a fortnightly basis where that exploration will lead!  This week we’ll talk about Restless, William Boyd.

Restless is an espionage novel written by William Boyd, published in 2006. It won the Costa Prize for fiction.

The novel depicts the tale of a young woman who discovers that her mother was recruited as a spy during World War II.

Eva, a young Russian woman, is recruited after her brother’s death to work for the British secret service. During this time she falls for her mentor and boss, Lucas Romer. But all is not as it seems as Romer is working as a double agent which ultimately leads to the attempted murder of Eva, alongside the deaths of other agents.

The tale is interlinked with the story of Eva’s daughter in the 1970s and how she comes to terms with the discovery of her mother’s secret life. The setting of the novel is in LondonOxford, Scotland, Europe, and the United States.

In December 2012 the BBC aired a two-part TV adaptation based on the novel. It was produced by Hilary Bevan Jones, directed by Edward Hall and featured Hayley AtwellRufus SewellMichelle DockeryMichael Gambon and Charlotte Rampling.

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