My Life as a Spy

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In the spring of 1956, like two million other men of his generation, eighteen-year-old Leslie Woodhead received a summons to serve Her Majesty. Charting his progress from the austerity of post-war Halifax, via comically bleak RAF training camps and the grim, isolated Joint Services School for Linguistics, My Life As A Spy takes us finally to Berlin and the front line of the Cold War. In the ruins of a city gripped by espionage and paranoia, Leslie Woodhead was hurled into maturity and discovered his vocation as an observer and documenter of people.

This is both a slice of Cold War history and a poignant tale of how our lives can be formed by events and experiences we barely comprehend at the time.

'[a] delightfully irreverent memoir. . . Woodhead's memories exude a wonderful sense of nostalgia for a world of lost innocence that to anyone over 60 is instantly recognisable' Sunday Times

About Leslie Woodhead

Born in Glasgow in 1937, Leslie Woodhead is one of Britain's most distinguished documentary film-makers. His pioneering films, often on major Eastern European themes, have won many awards, including a BAFTA and the Royal Television Society award. He has been awarded an OBE for 'services to television'. His memoir My Life as a Spy charts his experience of the Cold War. He lives in Cheshire.

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My Life As A Spy
My Life As A Spy