Edith and Kim

Edith and Kim

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One of 'the heirs to John le Carre' The Times

'A tremendous achievement' WILLIAM BOYD

'Behold the new Golden Age of Spy Kings' Sunday Times


To betray, you must first belong...




In June 1934, Kim Philby met his Soviet handler, the spy Arnold Deutsch. The woman who introduced them was called Edith Tudor-Hart. She changed the course of 20th century history.


Then she was written out of it.


Drawing on the Secret Intelligence Files on Edith Tudor-Hart, along with the private archive letters of Kim Philby, this finely worked, evocative and beautifully tense novel - by the granddaughter of Kim Philby - tells the story of the woman behind the Third Man.




A future classic:




'A fine achievement' THE TIMES


'Completely fascinating. A sophisticated and brilliantly constructed fictional retelling of a crucial relationship in 20th century espionage history. A tremendous achievement' WILLIAM BOYD


'Atmospheric and rigorously researched' Sunday Times


'Persuasive... involving... impressive' LITERARY REVIEW


'A fascinating contribution to the literature of the Cambridge spies by a clever, nimble writer with some genuine skin in the game' CHARLES CUMMING


'Complex and powerfully written... a persuasive repurposing of the lives of real-life figures' i NEWSPAPER


'A dextrous writer who gives her tale a quickening, thrillerish propulsion' NEW STATESMAN


'Mother, lover, revolutionary, spy... Philby's stunning fourth novel thrusts this former bit-player in the Cambridge Spy scandal to the centre stage where she belongs... Her best book yet' ERIN KELLY


'Blending SIS files and imagined letters from her grandfather, Philby shines a spotlight on Edith Tudor-Hart as activist, spy and often desperate single, working mother' SARAH VAUGHAN


'Completely absorbing' MICK HERRON


'A tense and brilliantly structured story of power and intrigue' JANE SHEMILT


'Unforgettable... a fascinating exploration of a key moment in history and a stunning piece of fiction' HOLLY WATT
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 141 x 222 x 35mm | 480g
  • The Borough Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0008466378
  • 9780008466374
  • 417,839

Review quote

'A fine achievement' THE TIMES


'Behold the new Golden Age of Spy Kings' Sunday Times


'A dextrous writer who gives her tale a quickening, thrillerish propulsion' NEW STATESMAN


'Completely fascinating. A sophisticated and brilliantly constructed fictional retelling of a crucial relationship in 20th century espionage history. A tremendous achievement' WILLIAM BOYD


'Persuasive... involving... impressive' LITERARY REVIEW


'Atmospheric and rigorously researched... we're slyly induced to fear that Edith (who is also juggling roles as a single mother and photographer) could be arrested or prevented from working, before realising that we're rooting for a Stalinist enemy of Britain' Sunday Times


'A fascinating contribution to the literature of the Cambridge spies by a clever, nimble writer with some genuine skin in the game' CHARLES CUMMING


'Complex and powerfully written... a persuasive repurposing of the lives of real-life figures' i NEWSPAPER


'In Edith and Kim, Charlotte Philby brings to life a dangerous game of shadows that kept me reading late into the night. A dark, atmospheric and addictive novel' CHRIS POWER, AUTHOR OF A LONELY MAN


'I was most impressed... completely absorbing' MICK HERRON


'A tense and brilliantly structured story of power and intrigue... I couldn't put it down' JANE SHEMILT


'Philby's stunning fourth novel thrusts this former bit-player in the Cambridge Spy scandal to the centre stage where she belongs. Edith and Kim combines the authenticity of your favourite true crime podcast, the intrigue of a spy novel and the page-turning grip of a psychological thriller - all wrapped up in beautiful, evocative prose that transports the reader to shady corners of 1930s London and Vienna. Her best book yet' ERIN KELLY


'Impeccably researched and atmospheric' Daily Mail
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About Charlotte Philby

Charlotte Philby worked for the Independent for eight years as a columnist, editor and reporter, and was shortlisted for the Cudlipp Prize for her investigative journalism at the 2013 Press Awards. A former contributing editor and feature writer at Marie Claire, she has written for the New Statesman, Elle, Telegraph, Guardian and Sunday Times, been interviewed on BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking, BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends and presented documentaries for the BBC World Service and The One Show. She is currently working on a documentary series with the BBC and Audible. Charlotte is the granddaughter of Kim Philby, Britain's most infamous communist double-agent, the elusive 'third man' in the notorious Cambridge spy ring. This is her fourth novel.
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Rating details

123 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
5 14% (17)
4 49% (60)
3 28% (34)
2 7% (8)
1 3% (4)
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