Anthony Blunt

Miranda Carter

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2002 Nominee

The Orwell Prize

2003 Nominee

Whitbread Biography Award

2001 Nominee

Guardian First Book Award

2002 Nominee

CWA Dagger for Non-Fiction

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14 December 2017
9781509893461
0 pages
Synopsis

'A compelling biography . . . Miranda Carter's skill at scouring the different compartments of Blunt's life is deeply impressive' Julian Barnes

Cambridge educated Anthony Blunt was a communist, a Russian spy and a double agent – he was recruited by M15 during WW2. But as Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures and Director of the Courtauld Institute, Blunt's position was assured until his exposure in 1979 left his reputation in tatters. Miranda Carter's brilliantly insightful biography gives us a vivid portrait of a human paradox. Blunt's totally discrete lives, with their permanent contradictions, serve to remind us that there is no one key to any human being's identity: we are all a series of conflicting selves.

Astonishingly good

Daily Telegraph

Highly impressive . . . sensitive and compelling . . . Miranda Carter has written a richly informative biography which, in the end, does not fall into the trap of tout comprendre, c'est tout pardonner - not only because she is not seeking to pardon him, but also because there is something here that is still quite impossible to comprehend

Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph

A compelling biography . . . Miranda Carter's skill at scouring the different compartments of Blunt's life is deeply impressive

Julian Barnes, New Yorker