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
  • "A lively and beautifully engineered biography"

    John Banville
  • "Philipps… is punchy and hard-nosed in his handling of facts, but pliant, imaginative and humane in his understanding of motives and emotions"

    Richard Davenport-Hines, Guardian
  • "Fresh and thought-provoking throughout... rich in archive material"

    Giles Udy, The Times
  • "A cracking story... An impressively researched and smoothly polished debut... persuasive.. [an] excellent book"

    Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times
  • "A masterpiece. The rich renderings of secret assignations, smuggled documents, damning intelligence and brilliant code-breaking will delight lovers of fiction and non-fiction alike. Picture Erik Larson meets John le Carré and you have only begun to scratch the surface of this absolutely gripping book."

    Brad Thor, author of international bestseller SPYMASTER