The 25 May – ‘M’: MI5’s Greatest Spymaster: Book talk by Henry Hemming

Thursday May 25th, 7:30pm in Hungerford Town Hall


To celebrate the release of Henry Hemming’s latest book ‘M’ Maxwell Knight: MI5’s Greatest Spymaster’, the author will be giving a talk about two remarkable female spies and the man who ran them: an animal-loving drop-out who went on to become MI5’s greatest spymaster.

The author will focus on a single thrilling episode. In the course of the talk the audience will get to know MI5’s Maxwell Knight – a complex, conflicted character and an inspiration for the James Bond ‘M’ as well as John Le Carré’s Jack Brotherhood in A Perfect Spy; learn about M’s remarkable agent Olga Gray, a typist with a troubled past and the extraordinary ability to cope with the pressure of leading a double life; find out the name of M’s second female agent, ‘M/2’, which has never been revealed by MI5; and finally, get a taste of what it was like to work for M by participating in a few games, designed to find out how observant you really are.

‘Fascinating… Hemming has done a superb job’
Ben Macintyre, The Times

‘Excellent… Fluently written and highly entertaining’
Max Hastings, The Sunday Times

‘Hemming delivers a read worthy of Le Carré himself’
The Daily Express

Tickets £6 from The Hungerford Bookshop (includes a glass of wine, and £5 off the book on the night)call 01488 683480 – or buy on-line now