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Literary Event, Mon 6 Nov 2017


Richmond Literature Festival

020 8831 6494


Richmond Road,

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Maxwell Knight, known to his agents simply as M, is acknowledged today as one of MI5’s greatest spymasters, and rumoured to be part of the inspiration for the character M in the James Bond series. He was a paradoxical character – it is not often you find a legendary spymaster, obsessed with jazz and nature – who managed to do more to break up British fascism during the Second World War than any other.

M however, did not work alone. For the first time in print, author Henry Hemming reveals the names and stories of seven men and women recruited by M, who infiltrated the most dangerous political organisations in Britain at that time. These extraordinary people led double lives in order to protect the country they loved, and now we are finally able to celebrate their actions.

Hemming has drawn on declassified documents, private family archives and interviews with retired MI5 officers to reveal not just the shadowy world of espionage, but a brilliant, enigmatic man at its centre who became a legendary spymaster despite almost a total lack of qualifications.

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Mon 6 Nov 2017 19:00


£10 / £8.50



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Map reference: TQ 165733  Lat: 51.44671 Long: -0.32496

South West Trains from London Waterloo / Clapham Junction run to Richmond, St Margarets and Twickenham Stations.

The District underground runs to Richmond and the Piccadilly line runs to Hounslow.

Buses from Richmond Station that stop on Richmond Road, close to York House, are H22, R68, R70, 490 and 33. From Hounslow the 281 and H22 stop in King Street.
From Kingston the 281 stops in King Street.

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Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Twickenham station


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