A Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean

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Random House, Apr 26, 2018 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages

Donald Maclean was a star diplomat, an establishment insider and a keeper of some of the West’s greatest secrets. He was also a Russian spy...

Codenamed ‘Orphan’ by his Russian recruiter, Maclean was Britain’s most gifted traitor. But as he leaked huge amounts of top-secret intelligence, an international code-breaking operation was rapidly closing in on him. Moments before he was unmasked, Maclean escaped to Moscow.

Drawing on a wealth of previously classified material, A Spy Named Orphan now tells this story for the first time in full, revealing the character and devastating impact of perhaps the most dangerous Soviet agent of the twentieth century.

William Boyd

‘Fascinating... An exceptional story of espionage and betrayal, thrillingly told
Philippe Sands

‘A cracking story... Impressively researched
Sunday Times

‘Philipps makes the story and the slow uncovering of [Maclean’s] treachery a gripping narrative’
Alan Bennett

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A Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald MacLean

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In this often exciting narrative, Philipps uses a trove of recently declassified files to trace the arc of Russian spy Donald Maclean’s life. While studying at Cambridge, Maclean became a supporter of ... Read full review

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About the author (2018)

Roland Philipps worked in publishing as the editor of some leading novelists, politicians, historians, travellers and biographers. His first book, A Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean, was published in 2018 to wide acclaim.