My spies podcast covers real Cold War espionage plus my favourite spy writers such as John le Carré. Originally conceived as a companion for my London walking tours with Airbnb, the podcast showcases my most interesting items of research. SOE, WW2, Cold War. Everything has a London perspective but with a global reach.
Master and Commander & HMS Surprise by Patrick O'Brian
We focus on HMS Surprise by the Folio Society, but this is a special episode about the Royal Naval world created by Patrick O'Brian in 1970 and as featured in the Hollywood movie starring Russell Crowe. I decided to include this episode, originally recorded as part of my (now defunct) Library Discoveries show but as it features a spy known as Stephen Maturin, it also qualifies for Spies of London. Enjoy!
Lockdown Diary: Thoughts on Espionage
As lockdown part two begins in England, we go all introvert on you and try to figure out if spying is an inherent part of British culture. How do you label yourself? Are labels useful? Yes, we get deep and meaningful as we turn inside for the autumn.
Banker, Traitor, Scapegoat, Spy? The Troublesome Case of Sir Edgar Speyer
This is today's book: Banker, Traitor, Scapegoat, Spy? The Troublesome Case of Sir Edgar Speyer by Antony Lentin.
Donald Maclean // MI5 Buildings
This week we look closely at the history of MI5 through its buildings and offices. The book review this week is A Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean by Roland Philipps.
Ian Fleming // MI6 Locations
This weeks' book: the brilliant biography of Ian Fleming by Andrew Lycett. Everyone knows James Bond, but who really knows Ian Fleming? Answer: Andrew Lycett.
John le Carré and Telemark Commando Raids
This week's book is Sabotage by Neal Bascomb. All about the Telemark heavy water commando raids with lots of photos in an easy-to-read edition. One of SOE's finest hours, commemorated on the side of Baker Street station, where much of the planning happened.