Chapter One is mostly about…

His parents met in Washington, fell in love in Beijing and married in Geneva, and his father survived the Great War but died in Paris, just three weeks after the Armistice, from Spanish Flu. Yet most of Chapter One plays out in New York State…

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Peter Janson-Smith: an appreciation

Peter Janson-Smith, the man Ian Fleming called the ‘prince of agents’, died five years ago today. This appreciation is based on an interview I conducted with him in the run-up to his 90th birthday celebrations.

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My direction of travel

Whitney Straight road sign

On the door of my study is an old American road sign, directing drivers to a small town down the road named Whitney. Insert a comma, and ‘WHITNEY STRAIGHT, AHEAD’ is my direction of travel.

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