A very interesting read. The former DG of MI5 dispels the often held myths of one of the Secret State's intelligence services. Stella Rimington clearly had a successful career but not without sacrifice. Her story is, in part, one of a women overcoming the odds and cutting through sexists barriers to make it to the top.
This book is extremely well written. It gives an atmospheric description of Neave's escape from Nazi Germany. Through turning the pages the struggle and fear that was associated with the escape is palpable. I would highly recommend this book.
Gordon Corera's history of MI6 is an engaging introduction and overview to the evolution of the Service post-1949. I particularly enjoyed the stories of double agents, the characteristics and the descriptions of the motivations they had (not what you might think). I would recommend the book for any novice, who like me wishes to gain an insight into MI6's history as a precursor to reading academic studies such as Christopher Andrews official history.