Mi5 and Me: A Coronet Among the Spooks

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From the bestselling author comes a beguiling comic memoir about a young woman who discovers her father is a spy (and was the model for John le Carr 's George Smiley) and goes to work as a secretary in 1950s MI5.

It seems to me now that everyone who came to our house in those days was a spy. . .

When Charlotte Bingham, daughter of an obscure aristocrat, was summoned to her father's office aged eighteen, she never expected to discover that this aloof, soberly-dressed parent was a spy. Even more ominous than The Facts was his suggestion that she should stop drifting around working for the sort of people her mother could never ask to dinner and get a proper job, something patriotic and worthwhile.

So Lottie finds herself outside MI5's Mayfair offices in a dreary suit, feeling naked without her false eyelashes. Miserably assigned to the formidable Dragon, Lottie wishes for pneumonia, or anything to release her from the torment of typing. But as another secretary, the serene Arabella, starts illuminating the mysteries of MI5, and Lottie's home fills with actors doubling as spies, Lottie begins to feel well and truly spooked.

This hilarious memoir from the bestselling author of Coronet Among the Weeds is a window into 1950s Britain: a country where Russian agents infiltrate the highest echelons, where debutantes are typists and where Englishness is both a nationality and a code of behaviour. Discretion, honour and office politics meet secrecy, suspicion and film stars in this enchanting, extraordinary true story.

Product Details

Price
$27.00
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing
Publish Date
May 15, 2018
Pages
256
Dimensions
5.4 X 1.1 X 8.6 inches | 0.85 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
ISBN/EAN
9781408888148
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About the Author

Charlotte Bingham is an internationally bestselling author whose works include over thirty novels and two memoirs, Coronet Among the Weeds and Coronet Among the Grass, which were adapted for television. Often working with her husband, the writer Terence Brady, she has also written extensively for stage and screen, most notably helping to create Upstairs Downstairs and adapting Jilly Cooper's Riders for television. She lives in Somerset.charlottebingham.com