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The Last Cambridge Spy

The Last Cambridge Spy

John Cairncross, Bletchley Park Mole and Soviet Agent

by Chris Smith
Paperback
Publication Date: 01/04/2022

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The first biography of John Cairncross, the fifth member of the Cambridge spy ring and colleague of Alan Turing.

John Cairncross was among the most damaging spies of the twentieth century. A member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring, he leaked highly sensitive documents from Bletchley Park, MI6 and the Treasury to the Soviet Union including the first Atomic secrets and raw decrypts from Enigma and Tunny that influenced the outcome of the Battle of Kursk. Based on newly released archival materials, this biography will be the first to cover the life and espionage of this singularly important spy. In 2014 Cairncross appeared as a secondary, though key, character in the biopic of Alan Turing's life, The Imitation Game.

The result was considerable negative reaction within the national press. Despite this clear interest, the function filled by Cairncross remains an untold story. Where all of the other members of the Cambridge spy ring have been the subject of extensive biographical study, Cairncross has largely been omitted by both academic and popular writers, and no biography has yet been penned of his life. 

ISBN:
9780750998604
9780750998604
Category:
Biography: historical
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
01-04-2022
Publisher:
The History Press Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Edition:
2nd Edition
Pages:
336
Dimensions (mm):
198x129mm
Chris Smith

Chris Smith is an award-winning journalist and radio presenter, most frequently heard as the voice of Radio 1's Newsbeat as well as hosting shows on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Chris enjoyed a previous, and glittering, literary career as the winner of the H.E. Bates Short Story Competition 1981 (under 10s section) with his tale Where Are the Brandy Snaps' Chris has no superpowers either.

His hobbies include screen printing and self-effacement. Together on Greg 's show and in their weekly podcast, Chris and Greg are responsible for some of radio's most ludicrous games and characters, which genuinely wouldn't make any sense if we tried to explain them here.

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