Deal News: North American Rights for IAN FLEMING’S WAR sold to Rare Bird Books

North American rights have been snapped up by Rare Bird Books in Los Angeles for an edition to coincide with the UK release in August.

Both editions include a foreword by Anthony Horowitz OBE, a James Bond continuation novelist, creator of Foyle’s War, and the Alex Rider young adult series, who said:

“By shining new light on Fleming’s role in intelligence, the people he met and the adventures he had with them, Mark Simmons brilliantly illuminates the hero who was his greatest creation.”

Translation rights are available.

The UK edition publishes on August 3rd, 2020. Pre-order here.

Deal News: ANATOMY OF A SPY to TANAPAEV in Estonia

We are delighted to announce that Estonian rights have been sold to publisher TANAPAEV, brokered by Andrew Nurnberg Baltic.

‘There are very few ex-intelligence officers who know their stuff better than Michael Smith. If you’re want to know why spies put their lives in danger, this is the book for you.’ (Andy McNab)

‘Definitely an essential handbook for the layman as well as the molehunter and counter-intelligence professional.’ (Nigel West)

“A wide-ranging survey of the reasons why people spy which mixes the familiar with the less well-known , corrects numerous myths and provides many new insights by a master intelligence expert.” (Andrew Lownie, author of Stalin’s Englishman)

TANAPAEV is one of the biggest publishers in Estonia and publish around 140 titles per year. They have also published PERMANENT RECORD by Edward Snowden.

An Alternative Christmas Message for Peter Humphrey

Cull & Co. author Peter Humphrey hit the front pages over the festive period in an extraordinary story.

A six-year-old schoolgirl from London found a desperate plea from inmates at Chinese Qingpu prison, Shanghai, inside a Tesco charity Christmas card.

Tesco suspended the Chinese supplier of the Christmas cards last Sunday and said it had launched an investigation.

Peter and his wife Ying are currently working on a memoir about their own experiences inside the same prison, after being arrested by the Chinese government while working as corporate fraud investigators on charges that were never heard in court.

Book Launch: ANATOMY OF A SPY by Michael Smith

The History Press, 2019

In this compelling investigation, author Michael Smith explores the critical moment in a spy’s life: that split-second decision to embrace a double life; to cheat and hide and hurt; to risk disgrace – even death – without any guarantee of being rewarded or even recognised. Each chapter centres on a number of different spies, following the path they took that led, finally, to the point of no return.

Were they propelled by personal convictions? Blackmailed and left without a choice? Too desperate for money to think about the consequences?

Through in-depth insider knowledge, Michael Smith also uncovers new and unknown cases, including a spy inside ISIS, President Trump’s links with Russia and Edward Snowden’s role as a whistle-blower, to offer compelling psychological portraits of these men and women, homing unerringly on the fault-lines and shady corners of their characters, their weaknesses and their strengths, the lies they tell other people, and the lies they always end up telling themselves.

Learn about: Trump and Russia; The President’s ‘Sixteen Words’ and the Intelligence on Iraq; the Fifth Man in the Cambridge Spy Ring John Cairncross; FBI Special Agent Richard W. Miller; Indian spy Coomar Narain; Paul Fidrmuc; Mandel Goldfinger; Boris Bazhanov; Halina Szymanska and more.

Nigel West: “A fascinating study of betrayal, the foibles and compulsions that motivated so many traitors to betray their countries and compromise classified information. Definitely an essential handbook for the layman as well as the molehunter and counter-intelligence professional.”

Andy McNab: “There are very few ex-intelligence officers who know their stuff better than Michael Smith. If you’re want to know why spies put their lives in danger, this is the book for you.”

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Michael Smith
Michael Smith

MICHAEL SMITH is a best-selling author, who spent a decade in military intelligence before becoming an award-winning journalist for the BBC, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times. Smith is the author of a number of books, including The Secrets of Station X, Killer Elite and Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews.