A Spy Called Swallow

A Spy Called Swallow : An Enduring Love Story

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Autobiography: The love affair and marriage of John Murray, an official in the British Diplomatic Service and a beautiful Stalinist spy is one of the great romantic and heroic stories of World War II.

John's now re-printed reminiscences are augmented by a prologue and epilogue written by two of their sons, Leeroy and Peter, seeking clarity and continuity in their parents' love and life story.

As a young businessman in Latvia and Finland, John was recruited as a courier for the British Government. Then, in 1940, he was appointed as a cypher (coder/decoder) at the British Embassy in Moscow. Targeted by Stalin's secret police, in the form of a young spy named Nora (code name 'The Swallow') John tried, but could not resist her. Passionately in love, and against the backdrop of war torn countries, intrigue and deceit, and against dangerous odds, he saves Nora from an inevitably dreadful fate.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 12mm | 268g
  • Weybridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 191203168X
  • 9781912031689
  • 1,402,895

About John Murray

John Murray born of Greek/Irish parents and brought up in Edwardian England soon found himself working in Latvia. Having achieved a commercial education at Pitman's College he was put in charge of managing a cigarette factory. Later, he became its owner while also running an import export business in the Baltic States. As war loomed large in Europe his fortunes changed. He was called upon to work for the British Government eventually finding himself as a cypher in the British Embassy, Moscow. During this time, John a highly insightful self-made individual succumbed to the entreaties of a desperate human being and found himself engulfed in the intricacies of Soviet WWII espionage and counter-intelligence.
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