Maverick Spy: Stalin's Super-Agent in World War II

Author(s): Hamish MacGibbon


A few years before he died, James MacGibbon confessed to his closest family members that he had spied for the Soviet Union during World War II. At the end of the war MI5 suspected him of espionage and interrogated him but he did not confess. Nevertheless they kept James, his wife Jean and their young family under close surveillance for a number of years, regularly intercepting their mail and recording their telephone conversations. Only after James's death did the true significance of what he might have revealed become clear-in his wartime office role, James had access to the plans for Operation Overlord, D-Day.

In this book, James's son Hamish tells the story of his parents, their interaction with the communist party and their flirtation with wartime espionage. It is a unique portrait of two very ordinary people caught up in the extraordinary events of World War Two and the Cold War.


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Hamish MacGibbon was Director of the Publishing House James and James. He is the son of James and Jean MacGibbon.

Acknowledgements Prologue1. Son of the Manse2. 'I Meant to Marry Him'3. 'Ma voisine chez Shakespeare'4. Spain5. The Party: a Time of Political Innocence6. War7.'Of course Rosamond's brother will publish your story.'8. Barbarossa9. Natasha10. Somerset, London, Surrey, and Cornwall11. Teheran and the D-Day Pans12. 'He'll be wearing yellow boots.'13. The Security Service Takes an Interest14. A New Author, a New Firm15. 'Not the way it's generally done.'16. A Visit from Mr Skardon17. Mr White Misses the Plane18. A New Director Would He Fit In?19. 'Off and On.'Appendix: Soviet Secret Intelligence DocumentsSourcesIndex

General Fields

  • : 9781784537739
  • : I. B. Tauris & Company, Limited
  • : I. B. Tauris & Company, Limited
  • : October 2017
  • : 222mm X 140mm X 25mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : English
  • : 940.5485092
  • : 288
  • : Hamish MacGibbon
  • : Hardback