Martin Pearce

Spymaster

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In conversation with Matt Barlow

Martin Pearce tells the story of his uncle, Sir Maurice Oldfield, the Derbyshire farmer’s son who rose to head of MI6, despite harbouring a secret that could have ended his career before it started. The man who may have served as a model for Le Carré’s George Smiley and Ian Fleming’s M, Oldfield was an accomplished historian, organist and liar; a deeply religious family man, yet a rampant homosexual. Unmasked spy, Kim Philby, described Oldfield as ‘formidable’. He cleaned up MI6 despite the entrenched Oxbridge elite who regarded him as an outsider.

Date

18 July 2017


Time

10.00am  - 11.00am


Price

£10.50


Venue

Gardens Marquee


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