Meet the Author

18th July 2014

Former political correspondent Terry Stiastny talks to the BBC’s Nick Higham about her début novel, Acts of Omission for their ‘Meet the Author’ programme. The interview is already available online, and will air tonight at 19.45pm:

In 1998 the gilt is starting to come off a new era.

Mark Lucas, the recently appointed foreign minister, is in a dilemma. A disk containing the names of British informants to the Stasi has ended up in the hands of the government. Elected on a platform of transparency, he faces resistance from the diplomatic service who don’t want him to return it to the Germans, despite their entreaties.

Alex Rutherford, a young man working for the intelligence services, wakes up one morning with a hangover and a dawning realisation that his computer is lost and, with it, the only copy of that disk.

When the disk is delivered to the newspaper where journalist Anna Travers works, she finds herself unravelling not just a mystery, but many people’s lives . . .

Acts of Omission plunges the reader into a virtuoso recreation of late-nineties Britain. Suspenseful, exquisitely constructed and thought-provokingly topical, it is a novel about what happens when state secrets become public, and the human cost of those secrets.

Follow this link to watch her in action: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28344028

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Acts of Omission

Acts of Omission

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