KLOP

SKU: ES-1527 £23.50
KLOP: Britain’s Most Ingenious Spy
Peter Day
Biteback Publishing

Klop Ustinov was Britain’s most ingenious spy codenamed U35. He wasn’t licensed to kill, he was authorised to tell tall stories that bemused and beguiled the enemy into revealing their deepest secrets. From the Russian Revolution to the Cold War he bluffed and tricked his way into the confidence of Soviet commissars and a Gestapo Gruppenführer. Klop was a bon viveur whose nickname meant bedbug, a nickname given him by a very understanding wife on account of his extraordinary capacity to hop from one woman’s bed to another in the service of the King. He was descended from Russian aristocrats and Ethiopian princesses but fancied himself as the perfect Englishman. He passed on his talent as a raconteur to his famous son, the actor Peter Ustinov, but Klop’s untold story working for MI5 is more amazing and entertaining than any of Peter’s chat show anecdotes. Hardback 352pp

ES/1527 UK £23.50 USA $40.00 ROW £25.00

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