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Rebecca Starford Rebecca Starford i(A95368 works by)
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Starford did her Honours in Creative Writing at Melbourne University, and has been associate publisher at Affirm Press. She is a former deputy editor of Australian Book Review and reviews for The Age, The Weekend Australian and the ALR. Starford is also the editor and co-founder of Kill Your Darlings.

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y separately published work icon The Imitator Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 20849258 2021 single work novel thriller

'A page-turning World War Two spy thriller, based on true events.

''We trade in secrets here, Evelyn. There's no shame in having a few of your own. Our only concern is for who might discover them.'

'Out of place at boarding school, scholarship girl Evelyn Varley realises that the only way for her to fit in is to be like everyone else. She hides her true self and what she really thinks behind the manners and attitudes of those around her. By the time she graduates from Oxford University in 1939, ambitious and brilliant Evelyn has perfected her performance.

'War is looming. Evelyn soon finds herself recruited to MI5, and the elite counterintelligence department of Bennett White, the enigmatic spy-runner. Recognising Evelyn's mercurial potential, White schools her in observation and subterfuge and assigns her the dangerous task of infiltrating an underground group of Nazi sympathisers working to form an alliance with Germany.

'But befriending people to betray them isn't easy, no matter how dark their intent. Evelyn is drawn deeper into a duplicity of her own making, where truth and lies intertwine, and her increasing distrust of everyone, including herself, begins to test her better judgement. When a close friend becomes dangerously ensnared in her mission, Evelyn's loyalty is pushed to breaking point, forcing her to make an impossible decision.

'A powerfully insightful and luminous portrait of courage and loyalty, and the sacrifices made in their name.' (Publication summary)

2022 longlisted Davitt Award Best Debut
2022 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
2021 longlisted Mark and Evette Moran Nib Award for Literature
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