The Rus­sia House

The Oldie - - THEODORE DALRYMPLE: THE DOCTOR’S SURGERY MEMORIAL -

SIR: I was so pleased to see the ar­ti­cle con­cern­ing Kim Philby (April is­sue). My late hus­band and I pur­chased our first house, in Hert­ford­shire, from him in 1955 and were most sur­prised to be del­uged by re­porters not very long af­ter­wards. They were try­ing to con­tact any friends or rel­a­tives, but we did not know what they were talk­ing about un­til some­one sug­gested we read the next day’s news­pa­pers – when we dis­cov­ered that he had ‘ab­sconded’. Gil­liam Ching, Swaffham, Nor­folk

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