What’s the best thing you’ve read in 2018, fiction or non-fiction?
Bargepole will plump for the latter, with Ben Macintyre’s The Spy and The Traitor, a superb recounting of the career of KGB officer and MI6 agent Oleg Gordievesky, which reads like a John Le Carre novel played out for real. The excitement and tension really is gripping, and if that sort of subject matter interests you I’d highly recommend it. I got this for Christmas, but spotted it in Tesco this morning for a mere £7.50, an absolute snip for a very recently published hardback! On a side note, it seems barely credible that in the mid-80’s, the best way to communicate with his MI6 handlers in Moscow was to stand outside a shop holding a Safeway carrier bag, while the acknowledgement was someone walking past eating a Mars Bar!
Incidentally, I’d also recommend another of the author’s books from a few years back now, Operation Mincemeat, which dealt with the use of a dead body to spread disinformation to the Nazis about the planned Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943.