Baroness Moura Budberg, born in the Ukraine in 1892 was a charismatic schemer who commanded centre stage during her long eventful life. Adventuress, lover to famous men including H G Wells, Maxim Gorky and Robert Bruce Lockhart, British Agent in Russia during the Revolution, she was an inveterate gossip who rarely told the truth and reinvented herself with almost every sentence. Additionally she was under surveillance by MI5 as a possible spy for over thirty years yet they never managed to find her guilty. It seems though with the available evidence that unlike her friend Guy Burgess with whom she socialised, she was too good to be caught. Indeed with the death of Stalin and the exposure of some of his atrocities, she was asked and somewhat disillusioned with the USSR, accepted the invitation to spy for Britain. She was unable to escape the need for the adrenaline rush she apparently obtained from her daring exploits. This book explores the life of this intriguing woman using material not previously available.
Deborah McDonald was born in South London but did not stay there for long as her parents dragged her, at a young age, to live in Australia. Her father was a journalist and the writing bug must have been passed down to his daughter as she always had a pen in her hand and a yearning to learn.However, in order to earn a crust, she went to work in Social Housing, which she quickly realised provided only a very small crust but was nonetheless rewarding. At the same time she began to study with the Open University. This was carried on despite moves to Reading, Beaconsfield and Exeter during w...
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Jeremy Dronfield is a versatile, multi-faceted writer with four novels to his name.
He came to writing via a circuitous route. His first serious stopover in life was as an archaeologist. After a few years in rescue excavation, he did his doctoral research at Cambridge University, on the subject of art and religion in prehistoric Ireland. His thesis was published as a series of papers in international journals including Antiquity and Current Anthropology.
While trying to get an academic career in archaeology off the ground, he began dabbling in writing fiction – a pursuit he’d ...
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