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Hamish MacGibbon & The Maverick Spy

 

After more than 50 years in publishing, Hamish MacGibbon turned his hand to authorship.

In his book, Maverick Spy: Stalin’s super-agent in World War Two he recounts an episode in the life of his father James Macgibbon who, during the Second World War, led an extraordinary double-life.

 

Neal Ascherson, the historian of the War and leading journalist,described James’s intelligence material as:

“Immensely important to the Russian war effort.  A story to be read by anyone who
wants to understand the moral maze of espionage in the prelude to the Cold War.”

 

The Times correspondent Magnus Linklater described his contribution to the Soviet Union as probably more valuable to them than the espionage of Kim Philby and the Cambridge Five.

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The author today outside 30 St Ann’s Terrace, the family home which was under intense MI5 surveillance in the 1950s.
The author today outside 30 St Ann’s Terrace, the family home 
which was under intense MI5 surveillance in the 1950s.

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