The Happy Traitor: Spies, Lies and Exile
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The death in the final days of 2020 of George Blake, aged 98 in Moscow, lifted the embargo on Simon Kuper revealing for the first time the results of his unparalleled access and years of research on the most notorious double agent in British history. 65 years after he escaped from Wormwood Scrubs and his 42-year sentence for betraying Western operations to the KGB, the extraordinary story of the last remaining Cold War spy is told in The Happy Traitor. The Financial Times columnist will be in conversation with fellow author and historian Helen Fry.
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Simon Kuper is the co-author of bestselling Soccernomics. His first book, Football Against the Enemy, won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award and is acknowledged as one of football’s seminal books. Simon writes a weekly sports column in the FT and has previously written football columns for The Times and The Observer. @kupersimon Image cr. Leila Kuper
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