Dead Doubles - Online Event
Chair: Christopher Andrew
Marking the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the Portland Spy Ring – one of the most dangerous and remarkable KGB espionage rings ever to operate in the UK – and based on hitherto secret MI5 and FBI files, Dead Doubles is espionage historian Trevor Barnes’ explosive new book on the spy ring. Astonishing but true, this new history reads like a John Le Carré thriller; and also reveals how Russia’s spies are operating the same way today.
Trevor Barnes studied the history of espionage at the University of Cambridge and as a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard. His pioneering research was published in the Historical Journal. Subsequently he worked as a BBC radio and TV senior journalist on programmes including Radio 4's Today and BBC Two's Newsnight. Trevor has written for, among others, The Times, Observer, The Evening Standard and The Boston Globe. He is also the author of three crime novels and researched and wrote Trial at Torun, a BBC radio play about the trial in Poland of a secret-service murder case.
Christopher Andrew is Emeritus Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Cambridge University, founder of the internationally renowned Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, former Chair of the Faculty of History at Cambridge University, and former President of Corpus Christi College. He is also chair of the British Intelligence Study Group and Founding Co-Editor of Intelligence and National Security; he has been a regular presenter of BBC Radio and TV documentaries. His The Defence of the Realm: The Authorised History of MI5, was an international bestseller. His previous books include The Mitrokhin Archive volumes 1 and 2, and a number of studies on the use and abuse of secret intelligence in modern history.