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Stalin's Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess - Andrew Lownie

Stalin's Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess - Andrew Lownie

Title: Stalin’s Englishman

Author:  Andrew Lownie

ISBN:  9781473627369

Weight:  990g

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Stalin’s Englishman by Andrew Lownie

Guy Burgess was the most important, complex and fascinating of ‘The Cambridge Spies’ – Maclean, Philby, Blunt – all brilliant young men recruited in the 1930s to betray their country to the Soviet Union.  An engaging and charming companion to many, an unappealing, utterly ruthless manipulator to others, Burgess rose through academia, the BBC, the Foreign Office, MI5 and MI6, gaining access to thousands of highly sensitive secret documents which he passed to his Russian handlers.

In this first full biography, Andrew Lownie shows us how even Burgess’s chaotic personal life of drunken philandering did nothing to stop his penetration and betrayal of the British Intelligence Service.  Even when he was under suspicion, the fabled charm which had enabled many close personal relationships with influential Establishment figures (including Winston Churchill) prevented his exposure as a spy for many years.

Through interviews with more than a hundred people who knew Burgess personally, many of whom have never spoken about him before, and the discovery of hitherto secret files, Stalin’s Englishman brilliantly unravels the many lives of Guy Burgess in all their intriguing, chilling, colourful, tragi-comic wonder.

Peer & Press Reviews

A magnificent biography…  Burgess has all the right ingredients for an engrossing story and Lownie, who has spent 30 years researching this biography, makes the most of it… a narrative as gripping as a thriller.

Daily Express

Exhaustive research, elegant construction, psychological acuity, wit and the necessary sympathy.  Lownie shows that Burgess’s treason was far more significant than had been thought.


An abundance of vivid detail from many different voices, viewpoints and nationalities…  Stalin’s Englishman is a matchless and splendidly exciting read.


Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Stalin’s Englishman
Sub title The Lives of Guy Burgess
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition features

The main body of the book is 330 pages, which includes three 8-page sections of black & white photographs.

The front matter has an additional 7 pages:

Contents [2 ]
Preface [3 ]
Prologue [2 ]

The back matter has a further 96 pages:

Appendix [3]
Notes on Sources [56]
Selected Bibliography [17]
Acknowledgements [4]
Picture Acknowledgements [1]
Index [15]

Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes St Ermin’s Intelligence Book of the Year Award – winner
Media accolades A Guardian Book of the Year
The Times Best Biography of the Year
Mail on Sunday Biography of the Year
Daily Mail Biography of Year
Spectator Book of the Year
BBC History Book of the Year
Book Stats
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781473627369
ISBN 10 1473627362
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 330 [main body]
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 162 x 41mm
Packed weight 1.065kg [heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Nina Hollington
Jacket photographs Front cover photograph © Steven Runciman Estate
Jacket images Back cover cartoons of Lenin and Stalin by Guy Burgess by kind permission of Anthony and Simon Burgess

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