Read an Extract From Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees

Read an Extract From Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees

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Government Offices, Marylebone

31st December 1945

‘Do you know this man?’
Edith Graham looked back at the implacable black eyes staring

into hers, then down at the photograph. A Greek kouros in a cricket sweater. A young man caught in the full beauty of his youth, or so she’d thought when she fell in love with him that very afternoon. She remembered the photo being taken. 1932. The Parks in Oxford. He was standing at the edge of the pitch, hands in pockets, face in profile, fair hair waving back from a high forehead. Shadows showed beneath his brows and defined his high cheekbones. He was frowning slightly, his mouth a straight line.

‘Why yes, I do know him. That’s Kurt von Stavenow.’ ‘Are you sure?’
‘Oh, yes. Quite certain.’
‘And your relationship?’

‘We – we were lovers for a while . . .’

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Celia Rees Shares the Inspiration Behind her New Historical, Miss Graham's Cold War Cookbook

Review | Author Related

27 July 2020

Celia Rees Shares the Inspiration Behind her New Historical, Miss Graham's Cold War Cookbook

    Miss Graham's Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees is Standout Historical Fiction

    Review | Our Review

    21 July 2020

    Miss Graham's Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees is Standout Historical Fiction

      Synopsis

      A striking historical novel about an ordinary young British woman sent to uncover a network of spies and war criminals in post-war Germany that will appeal to fans of The Huntress and Transcription.World War II has just ended, and Britain has established the Control Commission for Germany, which oversees their zone of occupation. The Control Commission hires British civilians to work in Germany, rebuild the shattered nation and prosecute war crimes. Somewhat aimless, bored with her job as a provincial schoolteacher, and unwilling to live with her stuffy genteel parents any longer, twentysomething Edith Graham applies for a job with the Commission-but is instead recruited by the OSS. To them, Edith is perfect spy materialsingle, ordinary-looking, with a college degree in German. And there's another thing-the OSS knows that Edith's brother went to Oxford with one of their most hunted war criminals, Count Kurt von Stabenow, who Edith remembers all too well from before the war.Intrigued by the challenge, Edith heads to Germany armed with a convincing cover story: she's an unassuming schoolteacher sent to help resurrect German primary schools. To send information back to her OSS handlers in London, Edith has crafted the perfect alter ego, cookbook author Stella Snelling, who writes a popular magazine cookery column that embeds crucial intelligence within the recipes she collects. But occupied Germany is awash with other spies, collaborators, and opportunists, and as she's pulled into their world, Edith soon discovers that no one is what they seem to be. The closer she gets to uncovering von Stabenow's whereabouts-and the network of German civilians who still support him-the greater the danger.With a unique, compelling premise, Miss Graham's Cold War Cookbook is a beautifully crafted and gripping novel about daring, betrayal, and female friendship.
      Celia Rees
      About the author

      Celia Rees

      Celia Rees is an award-winning YA novelist who is one of Britain's foremost writers for teenagers.  Her novel Witch Child has been published in 28 languages and is required reading in secondary schools in the UK.  Rees’s books are published in the US by Candlewick and Scholastic. Miss Graham's Cold War Cookbook is her first adult novel. A native of the West Midlands of England, she lives with her family in Leamington Spa.

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