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What made the experience of listening to M the most enjoyable?
Fascinatingly interesting and gripping.
What was one of the most memorable moments of M?
The happenings in the bayswater flat!
What about Henry Hemming’s performance did you like?
The voice of the author is quite mesmerising and engagingly perfect for the subject.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
M's mercurial character
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Maxwell Knight joined MI5. Britain's counter espionage intelligence service in 1931. whilst there he infiltrated with the help of his agents the British Communist party and the British Union of fascists, By doing this he was able to monitor the movements and the key players within them. Later, he was involved in the detection and arrest of the American cypher clerk, Tyler Kent who passed secrets to the Germans. Knight used agents from all sections of British Society, indeed, Knight was one of the first to use female agents on a regular basis as he felt there discretion and intuition could save a lot of valuable time. Retiring early from MI5 in 1961 on health grounds (he suffered with angina), he emerged from the shadows to become a well-known writer and broadcaster specialising in animals, birds and the natural environment. He had, in fact started his broadcasting and writing career whilst still an officer at MI5.
Henry Hemming's book is excellent. I found it to be a very enjoyable engaging listen it describes the life of one of britain's key intelligence officers, Maxwell Knight, who during his 30 year career worked to to keep the country safe. If like me, you are interested in the shadowy world of intelligence and the people involved in it then this is a must read.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
A very interesting insight to the work of counter espionage during the Second World War; significantly the inclusion of women who were detailed to do some extremely sensitive spying. We owe a lot to such people whose work is seldom publicly reported for obvious reasons. The development of long term health problems in some of the operatives post discharge was quite significant.