Richard J. Aldrich biography

Richard J. Aldrich was born in 1961 and was educated at the universities of Manchester, Aberdeen and Cambridge. He has held a Fulbright fellowship at Georgetown University in Washington DC and is currently visiting Canberra and Ottawa as a Leverhulme fellow. He teaches international security at the University of Warwick and is Director of the Institute of Advanced Study. He is the author of several books including The Hidden Hand: Britain American and Cold War Secret Intelligence which won the Donner Book prize in 2002 and was shortlisted for the Westminster Medal. More recently he has authored GCHQ: The Uncensored Story of Britain's Most Secret Intellgence Agency published by HarperCollins in 2010.

He is a regular commentator on war and espionage and has written for the Evening Standard, The Guardian, The Times and The Telegraph - as well as journals such as International Affairs and the CIA's own in-house publication Studies in Intelligence. In addition to writing he enjoys media work and has collaborated on the production of documentaries with BBC Timewatch and the Discovery channel. He has appeared on BBC One's 'Panorama', Radio 4's 'Today Programme' and 'Start the Week' - together with Radio 3 Nightwaves and C-Span's 'Book TV'..

How I Found the Agency

Andrew was strongly suggested to me by a friend who was already well published in the realm of military and intelligence history. I was unsure whether the nature of my book was the right sort of thing for a commericial publisher, but I found Andrew's expert knowledge and infectious enthusiasm to be very encouraging and so I went ahead with the project. The advice proved to perfect and resulted in a prize-wining book. Over the least ten years, with his assistance, I have placed three books with wonderful publishers and secured impressive advances. I couldn't have done it without him.