The incredible story behind the greatest female spy in history from one of Britain's best historians, now in paperback
Ben Macintyre is the multimillion-copy bestselling author of books including Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat and A Spy Among Friends. He is a columnist and Associate Editor at The Times, and has worked as the newspaper's correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He regularly presents BBC series based on his acclaimed books.
The best true spy story I have ever read -- John le Carre on
'The Spy and the Traitor'
Thrilling...Macintyre will have you hooked to her life's every twist and turn -- Lucy Knight * Times/Sunday Times Books of the Year *
Macintyre does true-life espionage better than anyone else. He has a remarkable ability to construct a narrative that is as taut and urgent as it is carefully nuanced. -- John Preston * Evening Standard *
Macintyre has found a real-life heroine worthy of his gifts as John le Carre's nonfiction counterpart * New York Times *
This book is classic Ben Macintyre...quirky human details enliven every page... it is Macintyre's own vivid retelling of her perilous professional, personal and political life that make Agent Sonya such an accessible spy story. * Spectator *
He has the unerring gift of uncovering those astonishing truths that make even the best novelists of espionage seem both earthbound and artificial in comparison * Daily Telegraph *
His best book yet -- The Times
Another year, another blockbuster real-life spy tome... Think John le Carre at his early best - but fact not fiction * Daily Express *
He...spins gloriously through one of the most extraordinary private lives of the 20th century * Daily Mail, Book of the Week *
In Agent Sonya, Macintyre has pulled off his most remarkable trick: he leaves us admiring, and even cheering for, the woman at the heart of his story, someone who not only wanted to destroy our democracy but helped Russia get a nuclear bomb. She is the strongest character of all in Macintyre's bestselling series of wartime tales... I raced through the pages to keep up with the plot * Evening Standard *
This impeccably researched account of her double life spans continents and is brilliantly compelling * Sunday Mirror *
Macintyre's page-turner is a dazzling portrait of a flawed yet driven individual who risked everything (including her children) for the cause * Sunday Times *