Interview with Henry Hemming, author of ‘M: Maxwell Knight, MI5’s Greatest Spymaster’

In the run up to the hotly anticipated biography of Maxwell Knight, we caught up with its author Henry Hemming to discuss this enigmatic spymaster. What drew you to write about Maxwell Knight? Initially I was taken by the story of one of Knight’s agents, Olga Gray, but it was my US editor, Clive Priddle,…

Ian Fleming’s Legacy: British Spy Fiction

First published on The Trebuchet Britain – it could be argued – invented the archetypal spy novel. Born out of political fears and insecurities during two World Wars and a subsequent Cold War, heroes and anti-heroes were dreamt up by a distinguished line of novelists including Erskine Childers, John Buchan, Eric Ambler, Somerset Maugham and Graham…