Reviews

  • Brilliantly fluent...fascinating...[Philipps] writes so cleanly, and at such a clip, handling the big scenes with aplomb...This biography first grips and then lingers long in the mind. It is a page-turner of the most empathetic kind.

    Rachel Cooke, Guardian
  • Superb…full of contemporary relevance… Philipps relates the complex narrative of Maclean’s treason…with tremendous aplomb, limpidity and acuity

    WILLIAM BOYD, New Statesman
  • With A Spy Named Orphan, the last piece of this bizarre jigsaw falls into place. The outline story is familiar, but the amount of new detail here — on Maclean's personal, professional, and secret lives – exceeds all expectations. Roland Philipps has managed to make the new material come alive by relating it intimately to its historical context, of which he has a deep and sympathetic understanding.

    Sebastian Faulks, author of BIRDSONG
  • The definitive account of the life of a “gifted” traitor… Impressive… By drawing on a wealth of previously classified material, Philipps weaves a gripping tale of misplaced loyalty, intrigue and betrayal that is unlikely to be bettered

    Dominic Midgley, Daily Express
  • Fascinating and page-turning. An exceptional story of espionage and betrayal, thrillingly told. I devoured it.

    Philippe Sands, winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for EAST WEST STREET

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