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MI5 and Me : A Coronet Among the Spooks - Charlotte Bingham

MI5 and Me

A Coronet Among the Spooks

Paperback Published: 7th February 2019
ISBN: 9781408888131
Number Of Pages: 256

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Much to her surprise, eighteen-year-old Lottie has just found out that her aloof, rather unexciting father is a spy. And now he's decreed that she must make herself useful and get a Proper Job – so she's packed off to MI5 herself, trussed up in a dreary suit. Luckily her delightful colleague Arabella is on hand to enliven the torments of typing and decode the enigmas of office life. But as Lottie's home fills with actors doubling as spies, and Arabella's mother is besieged with mysterious telephone calls, the girls start to feel well and truly spooked…

A hilarious true story, and a unique window into 1950s Britain – where Russian agents infiltrate the highest echelons, where debutantes are typists and where Englishness is both a nationality and a code of behaviour – MI5 and Me is a sparkling comic memoir.

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An astonishing tale ... She still has all the exuberant delight of a teenager in telling stories to make herself and other people laugh. Long may she write -- Lynn Barber * Sunday Times *
Imagine a Jilly Cooper heroine in an early John le Carre world ... It offers to our over-anxious age of Putin-dread, Corbynism and cybercrime an enthrallingly nostalgic portrait of a post-war Britain, an idyll where even the security services breathe a kind of sweet innocence -- Libby Purves * Times Literary Supplement *
A hilarious and candid account of her time at MI5: the shady characters her father invites home, and anecdotes of office life both absurd yet believable. Filled with period detail, Bingham's memoir is entertaining and extraordinary -- Hannah Beckerman * Observer *
Much fun, brilliant, sly ... The more cynical of us might expect treachery, backstabbing and boardroom power-grabs, but what Lottie finds is "good folk and true, working away in the defence of our lovely country, full of integrity, and so much fun". Given the charming, flighty narrative that results, it would be a hard-hearted reader who'd find fault with that * Spectator *
A stone-cold comic classic ... Joyfully silly, with undercurrents of real danger * Tatler *
Sparky and larky ... Amusing -- Lucy Hughes-Hallett * Guardian *
I had underestimated Charlotte Bingham's capacity to write light-heartedly-and indeed, hilariously ... In her book, one funny story follows another ... You will be sure to find this book a most entertaining and enjoyable read * Country Life *

ISBN: 9781408888131
ISBN-10: 1408888130
Audience: BAU
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 7th February 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.8  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.18

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Charlotte Bingham

About the Author


Charlotte Bingham comes from a literary family - her father sold a story to H G Wells when he was only seventeen - and Charlotte wrote her autobiography, Coronet Among the Weeds, at the age of nineteen.

Since then, she has written comedy and drama series, films and plays for both England and America with her husband, the actor and playwright Terence Brady.

Among her most recent novels are the highly acclaimed bestsellers To Hear a Nightingale, The Business, Change of Heart (winner of the 1994 Romantic Novel of the Year Award), Debutantes, In Sunshine or In Shadow, Stardust, Nanny, The Nightingale Sings, Grand Affair, Love Song, The Love Knot, The Kissing Garden, The Blue Note, The Season and Summertime.

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