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Why Spy? The Enigma of Donald Maclean

Author Roland Philipps reveals the research that inspired A Spy Named Orphan.

Secrets and Spies: Henry Hemming's Undercover Agents

'These men and women were sworn to secrecy for the rest of their lives about their MI5 work. Only now, years after their deaths, is it possible to work out who they really were' When it comes to espionage, the truth is invariably stranger than fiction, as author Henry Hemming discovered when he began researching his new book M. An ever-more twisting tale of intrigue at the heart of the British establishment, it is the story of one of MI5’s greatest and most eccentric spymasters, Maxwell Knight, and the colleagues whose secret, second lives are only now coming to light. From animal-loving housewives to dandy booksellers, Hemming introduces the real-life agents drawn out from the shadows of history.

Defectors: Joseph Kanon's Moscow

Joseph Kanon discusses location scouting for Defectors and how he got under the skin of Cold War Moscow.

Film review: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

The film version of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is what it is - a masterpiece of comic storytelling.

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