Christmas at Hatchards: “Agent Sonya” by Ben Macintyre

Agent Sonya

Ben Macintyre

£25 – signed copies available

In a quiet English village in 1942, an elegant housewife emerged from her cottage to go on her usual bike ride. A devoted wife and mother-of-three, the woman known to her neighbours as Mrs Burton seemed to epitomise rural British domesticity.

Who would have thought that Mrs Burton was actually Ursula Kuczynski, a colonel in the Soviet Red Army and a spy code-named “Sonya”?

Ben Macintyre’s fascinating biography of this extraordinary woman traces her life from street protests in the Weimer Republic to espionage-training in Moscow through to her life in quiet Oxfordshire – where she constructed a radio transmitter in her privy in order to pass on secrets, including those provided by the nuclear physicist Klaus Fuchs and so enabling Stalin to build a Soviet atomic bomb.

Whilst Agent Sonya changed the course of 20th-century history, Macintyre doesn’t neglect her personal life, as lover, wife and mother and so creates an exhilarating multi-dimensional portrait of a life more extraordinary than any novelist might imagine.


Other recommended books by Ben Mcintyre include:

The Spy and the Traitor

(Paperback, £9.99),

SAS: Rogue Heroes

(Paperback, £9.99)

and of course

Agent Zigzag (Paperback, £9.99)


To order any of these books, please telephone 020 7439 9921 or email – we look forward to hearing from you!



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