Roland Philipps

Roland Philipps went into publishing on graduating from Cambridge and is currently Publisher of John Murray.  He has edited some leading novelists, politicians, historians, travellers and biographers.  A Spy Named Orphan is his first book.

A Spy Named Orphan will chart the extraordinary story of Donald Maclean, the spy recruited by the Soviets while he was still at Cambridge, alongside his fellow undergraduates Anthony Blunt, Guy Burgess, John Cairncross and Kim Philby. Taking us back to the golden age of espionage, Philipps’ novel examines the character, motivation and impact of the most ardent, dangerous and enigmatic spy of the twentieth century. At the same time it illuminates the changes in world power after the Second World War, tracing the decline of American and British relations as well as the growing chill of the Cold War that brought us to the verge of catastrophe.

Agent Name: Natasha Fairweather