Andrew Lownie has been a bookseller, publisher, journalist and Cambridge history fellow. Since 1988 , he has run his own literary agency and for the last few years has been the top selling agent in the world as well as being short-listed three times for the Agent of the Year . He is President of the Biographers Club and on the Advisory Board of Biographers International Organisation. His books include lives of the writer John Buchan, the spy Guy Burgess and a forthcoming joint biography of Lord and Lady Mountbatten.
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. Through interviews with more than a hundred people who knew Burgess personally, many of whom have never spoken before, and the discovery of hitherto secret files, Andrew Lownie in Stalin’s Englishman – a book or biography of the year in the Times, Guardian, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Spectator – brilliantly unravels the many lives of Guy Burgess in all their intriguing, chilling, colourful, tragi-comic wonder.