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A Spy Named Orphan


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A gripping tale of betrayal and counter-betrayal that tells the story of the most enigmatic member of the Cambridge spy ring - Donald Maclean.

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Roland Philipps worked in publishing as the editor of some leading novelists, politicians, historians, travellers and biographers. His first book, A Spy Named Orphan- The Enigma of Donald Maclean, was published in 2018 to wide acclaim.


Brilliantly fluent...fascinating...[Philipps] writes so cleanly, and at such a clip, handling the big scenes with aplomb...This biography first grips and then lingers long in the mind. It is a page-turner of the most empathetic kind. -- Rachel Cooke * Guardian *
Superb...full of contemporary relevance... Philipps relates the complex narrative of Maclean's treason...with tremendous aplomb, limpidity and acuity -- WILLIAM BOYD * New Statesman *
With A Spy Named Orphan, the last piece of this bizarre jigsaw falls into place. The outline story is familiar, but the amount of new detail here - on Maclean's personal, professional, and secret lives - exceeds all expectations. Roland Philipps has managed to make the new material come alive by relating it intimately to its historical context, of which he has a deep and sympathetic understanding. -- Sebastian Faulks, author of BIRDSONG
The definitive account of the life of a "gifted" traitor... Impressive... By drawing on a wealth of previously classified material, Philipps weaves a gripping tale of misplaced loyalty, intrigue and betrayal that is unlikely to be bettered -- Dominic Midgley * Daily Express *
Fascinating and page-turning. An exceptional story of espionage and betrayal, thrillingly told. I devoured it. -- Philippe Sands, winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for EAST WEST STREET

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