Women Agents: Ben MacIntyre and Roland Philipps

Two leading experts on espionage discuss their latest books on two extraordinary spies with Sarah Helm

Ben MacIntyre and Roland Philipps are two of our leading experts on espionage in the 20th century.  Between them they have published many books, including among their subjects Kim Philby and Donald McLean.  Until now, however, they have not written about women spies.  Agent Sonya and Victoire explore the heroic lives of women spies in the Second World War and the Cold War. They will be in conversation with Sarah Helm, author of books about women in the SOE and the Ravensbruck concentration camp for women.

“Thrilling . . . Macintyre will have you hooked to her life’s every twist and turn.”

Agent Sonya – The Times, Sunday Times Books of the year

“The wartime spy career of Mathilde Carré – aka ‘the Cat’ and ‘Agent Victoire’ – is so extraordinary it almost defies belief.”

the times – victoire

Ben Macintyre

Ben Macintyre is the multimillion-copybestselling author of books including Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat and A Spy Among Friends. He is a columnist and Associate Editor at The Times, and has worked as the newspaper’s correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He regularly presents BBC series based on his acclaimed books.

Roland Philipps

Roland Philipps was a leading publisher for many years. His first book, A Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean, was published in 2018 to wide acclaim.