CLC 2020: Ben Macintyre on Agent Sonya
Join acclaimed historian Ben Macintyre as he discusses his fascinating new book about the greatest female spy in history, Agent Sonya.
Main Hall, Town Hall, Cheltenham
Friday 2nd October, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
- Book Launch
- In Conversation
- Questions & Answers
About the Event
Acclaimed historian Ben Macintyre tells the incredible story of the greatest female spy in history. In a quiet Cotswolds village in 1942, an elegant housewife emerged from her cottage to go on her usual bike ride. Mrs Burton seemed to epitomise rural British domesticity.
Rather than pedalling towards the shops with her ration book, she was racing through the countryside gathering scientific intelligence from one of the country’s most brilliant nuclear physicists. Secrets that she would transmit to Soviet intelligence headquarters with the radio transmitter she hid in her privy. An exhilarating account of a life that encompasses the rise and fall of communism itself and altered the course of history.
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