Sto­ryville: Toffs, Queers and Traitors – Guy Burgess: The Charm­ing Spy

The Guardian - G2 - - Tv and radio - David Stubbs

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There has long been a fas­ci­na­tion in Britain with those three well-bred fel­lows Kim Philby, Guy Burgess and Don­ald Ma­clean, Rus­sian spies op­er­at­ing un­der the nose of an inept es­tab­lish­ment. Burgess, a gay, louche old Eto­nian forced to spend his fi­nal years in a dis­mal Moscow apart­ment, is es­pe­cially in­trigu­ing. Draw­ing on re­cently de­clas­si­fied files, George Carey re­vis­its Burgess’s life at Cam­bridge and be­yond.

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