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The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War

Inspiration for the Major Motion Picture Official Secrets
Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins

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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes and Matthew Goode.

Featuring a new introduction from the author.

In January 2003, 28-year-old GCHQ translator Katharine Gun received an email from the US National Security Agency that would turn her world upside down. The message requested Katharine’s assistance in coordinating an illegal US-UK spy operation which would secure UN authorisation for the Iraq invasion. Horrified, she decided to leak the information to the British press.

Katharine’s decision would change her life forever, as she was arrested under the Official Secrets Act whilst becoming a cause célèbre for political activists. 

Official Secrets is the definitive account of a whistleblower case that reads like a thriller, and will ask you the same question that was asked of Katharine that cold January day - where do your true loyalties lie?

©2019 Marcia Mitchell, Thomas Mitchell (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"One of the crucial untold stories of the Iraq war is told with great passion and sensitivity by Marcia and Thomas Mitchell. It is fitting tribute to the courage of Katharine Gun, who blew the whistle on transatlantic dirty tricks at the highest levels of government in London and Washington. A morality tale for the 21st century." (Martin Bright, New Statesman Books of the Year)

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