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Lobster Issue 48 (Winter 2004) £££

[…] Joan’ (c1600-1655?) and ‘Pickle the Spy’ (c1725-1761). More recent practitioners range from minor characters, such as Greville Wynne and John Vassall, to major operators – Blunt, Burgess, Maclean and Philby. ‘Spooks’ are also covered, with almost ninety members of the intelligence community listed. Many of these had other occupations – John Henry Bevan (‘intelligence […]

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The View from the Bridge

Lobster Issue 44 (Winter 2002/3) £££

[…] a Home Officer Minister, wrote of Bethell: ‘In my view the odds are a million to one against Bethell being a security risk in the sense that Maclean and Burgess and Philby were. But I think there may be a chance that he is a security risk in the sense that information, which he […]

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New Labour Notes

Lobster Issue 37 (Summer 1999) £££

[…] to the SIS-front organisation, the Hakluyt Foundation. Baroness Smith has recently been appointed a director of the Hakluyt Foundation…… established in 1995 by the late Sir Fitzroy Maclean…… managing director, Christopher James…..Baroness Smith joins Sir Brian Cubbon, a former top civil servant, Lord Laing of Dunphail, Treasurer of the Conservative Party towards the end […]

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The Churchill myth: Churchill and Secret Service

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Lobster Issue 37 (Summer 1999) £££

[…] who championed a strong state, had a life-long fascination with secret agents, assassins, revolutionaries and guerrilla fighters. From Sidney Reilly and T. E. Lawrence through to Fitzroy Maclean and Orde Wingate, Churchill enjoyed the company of such men, listening to their stories of secret operations, of murder and mayhem, and narrow escapes. Certainly this […]

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A Friendship of Convenience

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Lobster Issue 35 (Summer 1998) £££

[…] was imprisoned partly as a sop to the USA, who wanted the Foreign Office to make an example of someone in the aftermath of the Burgess and Maclean defection, and partly because Anthony Eden was convinced that Montagu had seduced his son whilst they were both at Eton. The book ends with Losey surveying […]

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Is Libya still the prime suspect for the murder of WPC Fletcher?

Lobster Issue 32 (December 1996) £££

[…] persistent men of British politics, Tam Dalyell and Sir Teddy Taylor. At some length in the House of Commons in May, they raised their concerns with David Maclean, the Home Office Minister. In the presence of Fletcher’s parents the Minister denounced the programme as ‘preposterous trash’. While it was also ‘obscene’, ‘offensive’, and ‘feverish’, […]

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Spy Master: The Betrayal of MI5

Lobster Issue 31 (June 1996) £££

[…] 129) ‘Must have been clear to Hollis’ (p. 140) ‘Hollis would clearly have agreed (p. 144) The next chapter, ‘The Great Mole Hunt – From Burgess and Maclean to Spycatcher‘, turgidly regurgitates what has been written by other people about this area, and introduces nothing new of any substance. After 172 pages of non-starters […]

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The Perfect English Spy

Lobster Issue 29 (1995) £££

[…] 344) The late George Brown, we are told on p. 356, was a ‘CIA source’. On the down side there is another endless account of Burgess and Maclean, Philby, Bunt et al, in whom I was never very interested. It might be bulging with new information; I just don’t know (or care). There are […]

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007’s real mission continues

Lobster Issue 88 (2024) FREE
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[PDF file]: […] missing diplomats’. And Shakespeare devotes a chapter to it. He writes: Bond was born out of a turmoil at a moment when the (Guy) Burgess and (Donald) Maclean story was still unsolved. The news of their disappearance was a seismic event for Ian. He created a contemporary novel hero in the tradition of Drake, […]

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[…] missing diplomats’. And Shakespeare devotes a chapter to it. He writes: Bond was born out of a turmoil at a moment when the (Guy) Burgess and (Donald) Maclean story was still unsolved. The news of their disappearance was a seismic event for Ian. He created a contemporary novel hero in the tradition of Drake, […]

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