Henry Hemming: M - Maxwell Knight, MI5's Greatest Spymaster

Wed 10 Oct
12:30 - 13.30
The Guildhall
£8, £7.20 concessions

HenryHemming (c) Jeff Overs.jpg

Photograph © Jeff Overs

The dramatic true story of maverick spymaster, Maxwell Knight, better known as ‘M’, and the inspiration for ‘M’ in James Bond. The talk will focus on the two women recruited by ‘M’ in the 1930s to penetrate the British Communist movement, and which led to the exposure of a Russian spy-ring.

You can also discover whether you would make a good spy by way of an interactive quiz.


Buy tickets for events with Henry Hemming and Nadine Akkerman and save £4! Combined ticket price £12, £10.20 concessions.

Fascinating biography ... Hemming has done a superb job
— Ben Macintyre, The Times, 'Book of the Week'
Jaw-droppingly revelatory biography.
— Mail on Sunday
Excellent biography… The author has done a terrific job of unscrambling Knight’s muddled life
— The Sunday Times
Compelling new biography… Hemming has done a wonderful espionage job of his own, scouring obscure files to bring long-hidden agents and their exploits to light. It is also a gripping portrait of an era, now long gone, when the establishment could accommodate such extravagant oddness.
— Daily Telegraph