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Agent Sonya


Ben  MacIntyre

Ursula Kuczynski Burton was a spymaster, saboteur, bomb-maker and secret agent. Codenamed ‘Agent Sonya’, her story has never been told – until now. Born to a German Jewish family, as Ursula grew, so did the Nazis’ power.

As a fanatical opponent of the fascism that ravaged her homeland, Ursula was drawn to communism as a young woman, motivated by the promise of a fair and peaceful society. From planning an assassination attempt on Hitler in Switzerland, to spying on the Japanese in Manchuria, to preventing nuclear war (or so she believed) by stealing the science of atomic weaponry from Britain to give to Moscow, Ursula conducted some of the most dangerous espionage operations of the twentieth century. In Agent Sonya,

After the war she lived peacefully in the Rollright hills with her young family. But little did her neighbours know that knew that she radioing Russia regularly with details of how to build an atomic bomb.

An astonishing story about one of Russia’s top spies in the UK. Her roving life, her lovers, and how she ended up as a bestselling novelist.