From the Back Cover
Charles Thoroughgood is in training for M16. He's learning about spy craft, how to handle agents and de-code secret messages, how to spot enemy surveillance and set up clandestine meetings. None of this prepares him for an unexpected inheritance left to him by his dead father, the implications of which are much darker than first expected. This legacy leads him back to an old student friendship with Viktoe, a Russian diplomat working in London and sets him on a trail deep into the murky world of Soviet espionage and the nuclear tensions of the cold war.
Legacy is a triumphant return to fiction for Alan Judd. His last novel, The Devil's Own Work – a chilling Fordian fable – was admired widely when published and went on to win the Guardian fiction prize. Legacy picks up the themes of Judd's earlier spy novels in that it is a book rooted in real experience which, through great storytelling and intricate characterisation, reflects the shifting loyalties, inherent absurdity, and potential for treachery so central to the world of espionage.
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About the Author
Alan Judd is a novelist and biographer who has previously served in the army and the Foreign Office. Chosen as one of the original twenty Best Young British Novelists, he subsequently won the Royal Society of Literature's Winifred Holtby Award, the Heinemann Award and the Guardian Fiction Award; he was also shortlisted for the Westminster Prize. He is currently the Spectator's motoring correspondent and a comment writer for the Daily Telegraph. He lives in Sussex with his wife and daughter.