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Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3DE
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Top-Selling Historian Ben Macintyre will Discuss and Sign his Book, The Spy and the Traitor at the Spirella Ballroom

Thursday 27 September 2018
7:30 pm

Oleg Gordievsky was the greatest secret agent of the Cold War who gave us invaluable insights into Russia's fears about British tactics; here, for the very first time, Ben Macintyre reveals the secret story behind his daring escape from Soviet Russia.

On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket. The man was a spy. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets from deep within the Soviet intelligence machine. No spy had done more to damage the KGB. The Safeway bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia. So began one of the boldest and most extraordinary episodes in the history of spying. Ben Macintyre reveals a tale of espionage, betrayal and raw courage that changed the course of the Cold War forever. .

Ben Macintyre is the multimillion-copy bestselling author of books including Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat A Spy Among Friends and SAS. He is a columnist and Associate Editor at The Times, and has worked as the newspaper's correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He regularly presents BBC series based on his acclaimed books.

The Spirellla Ballroom is located in Letchworth (SG6 4ET). Tickets are £6, which are deductible from the cost of the hardback book (£25) if purchased on the evening or £22 which includes the book. To book tickets, please ring the shop on 01462 684631 or call in to the shop.

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David's Bookshops are located in Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, only a few minutes’ walk from the railway station in the heart of the Town Centre. There is ample parking nearby.

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