The Decryption Factor

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

What’s not to like about a Max Hastings book? He’s a reliable brand after all. Once every year or so a new one hits the bookstores, a meaty five hundred pages or more, piled high on the front tables, wrapped in an embossed cover and bearing such eye-catching testimonies as ‘masterly’ or ‘magnificent’ and with […]

Spider in the Web

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

James Klugmann was born in 1912 into a prosperous and liberal north London Jewish family. Precociously bright, he went on to read history at Cambridge in the 1930s, after which a successful academic career seemed to beckon. Instead, he committed himself to the Communist Party and spent the rest of his life working for it […]

Agent Reckless

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Is there anything new to be learned about Guy Burgess, the naughtiest of the Cambridge spies recruited in the 1930s? There has been a shelfload of books about ‘The Magnificent Five’, as they were described, in a rare flash of KGB humour, after the release of the film The Magnificent Seven. As the most outgoing […]

Inside the Shadow Theatre

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

My first year in the Foreign Office, in the days before email, was a deluge of papers: thin, white-coloured memos from other government departments, propelled across Whitehall through Victorian vacuum tubes; letters from MPs, engraved with a portcullis, demanding answers; stiff, pale-blue documents that had the scrawl of a minister across them, approving or rejecting […]

Posted in 437 | Tagged | Comments Off on Inside the Shadow Theatre

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

RLF - March