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Spymaster: The Man Who Saved MI6

Helen Fry

Chair: Robert Hutton

03/10/2021 4:00 pm
Kings Place, Hall 2

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Thomas Kendrick was central to the British Secret Service from its beginnings early last century through to the Second World War. Under the guise of a British Passport Officer he ran spy networks across Europe, facilitated the escape of Austrian Jews, and later went on to set up the M Room, a listening operation which elicited information of the same significance and scope as Bletchley Park.

Now for the first time the full story of his work and legacy is told by historian and biographer Helen Fry, whose previous books include The Walls Have Ears and Freud’s War, drawing on extensive original research into the remarkable life of one of the few men to serve Britain across three wars, a scrupulously secretive English gent known as Vienna’s Oskar Schindler. She will be in conversation with Robert Hutton, journalist and author of Agent Jack: The True Story of MI5’s Nazi Hunter.

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Helen Fry


Historian Dr Helen Fry has written over 25 books on the Second World War with particular reference to British intelligence, espionage, prisoners of war and the secret war. She has also written a number of books about the 10,000 Germans who fought for Britain in WWII. Her acclaimed book The Walls Have Ears became a bestseller and was in the Daily Mail’s Top 8 Books of the Year on War. Her latest book MI9: A History of the British Secret Service for Escape and Evasion has attracted widespread media attention. Helen has appeared in numerous TV documentaries as well as live BBC news interviews. She is an Ambassador for The Museum of Military Intelligence and President of the Friends of the National Archives. Image cr. Greg Morrison

Robert Hutton


Robert Hutton is an author and UK political correspondent for Bloomberg News. He studied A.I. at Edinburgh University before going on to work at The Daily Mirror and The Financial Times.