The Secret Twenties

British Intelligence, the Russians and the Jazz Age

Timothy Phillips

Published: 7 June 2018
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 320 pages
ISBN: 9781847083289

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Published: 7 September 2017
Hardback, Royal HB
156x234mm, 320 pages
ISBN: 9781847082510

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In the 1920s, many in the British establishment became convinced that their way of life was being threatened by the new Soviet state. The British government launched vast spying operations in response, carrying out surveillance on not only suspect Russians, but British aristocrats, Bloomsbury artists, ordinary workers and even MPs. What they discovered had profound ramifications for the whole of British society, dividing the nation and laying the foundations for the later Cold War.

Drawing on a wealth of recently declassified archives, The Secret Twenties tells the story of the first Soviet spies and the double agents in their midst, all of it set against the sparkling backdrop of cocktail-era London.

About the author

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Timothy Phillips is the author of Beslan: The Tragedy of School No. 1 (Granta 2008). He grew up in Northern Ireland and now lives in London. He holds a doctorate in Russian from Oxford University and has written and spoken widely on British and Russian history. His latest book is The Secret Twenties: British Intelligence, the Russians and the Jazz Age (Granta, September 2017). More about the author

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