Guy Burgess is famously one of the Cambridge spies. As an Apostle, he interacted with many characters associated with Bloomsbury. Andrew Lownie’s Stalin’s Englishman reveals that despite Burgess’ dissolute reputation, he was regarded by the Russians as the central figure in the notorious spy ring. Adam Sisman’s biography of John le Carré lifts the lid on the great spy writer’s early life and reveals that the influence of his reprobate father was even more formative than his years in MI5 and MI6. Can Andrew Lownie and Adam Sisman explain our national fixation with espionage? Chaired by Robert McCrum, writer and Associate Editor of the Observer.
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