Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The cuckoo and the spymaster


It's late February, when satellite-tagged cuckoos are right now flying north to Britain from their wintering grounds in Africa. And I've just written an article for Aeon magazine that's all about spies, cuckoos, surveillance, and the British secret state. Did you know that Ian Fleming's inspiration for M, the M15 agent-runner Maxwell Knight, had a pet cuckoo called Goo? You can read it here: Nest of Spies

2 comments:

Radagast said...

A fantastic article. Naturally.

Steve Bodio said...

I bought two of his books including Cuckoo and the bio. Thanks (I think!)