Thursday, 18 February 2010

Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre

A more thoroughly enjoyable read it is hard to conceive. This is partly due of course to Mr Macintyre's sprightly, worldly style, but it is also due to the fact that he has recognized that this is a story full of brief lives of wonderful characters and has set about doing them justice. There is the treacherous Jewish aristocrat and communist spy (oh, and inventor of table-tennis) Ivor Montagu, and the suave judge, writer and MI5 operator, the Jewish artistocrat Ewen Montagu, his brother. There is a Jewish Nazi spymaster and a Nazi spymaster who hates Hitler. There are characters called Bentley Purchase, Charles Cholmondely, William Martin and Glyndwr Michael, only one of whom is fictional... Read it!

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