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One Girl's War: Personal Exploits in MI5's Most Secret Station Paperback – 1 Dec 1986

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Brandon / Mount Eagle Publications Ltd; New edition edition (Dec. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863220894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863220890
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 650,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joan Miller was personal assistant to Maxwell Knight, wartime chief of MI5's B5(b) counter-subversion section. This book describes her experiences. It was banned in Britain by the High Court, but the Crown has now agreed to discharge the injunction as it was contrary to European law.

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Written in an irritatingly 'jolly-hocky-sticks' style - rather in the manner of an Enid Blighton children's story. That 'WE (narrowly defined as those driving Churchillian policy) were the Goodies and THEY (the Germans + everyone else, including vocal domestic dissenters) were the Baddies' is clearly unthinkingly and unquestionably axiomatic to the author. Disturbing shades of grey, per for example Le Carre, simply do not enter the author's head. All that said, the book is nonetheless useful to students of the murky world of the Secret Services for the light it sheds on the thinking, personal habits and relationships of some of the most senior men in UK Intelligence during WWII.

Like other books that the Authorities attempted to ban, it is a 'must-read' for such study in fact.
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I obtained my copy of this work during a visit to the area in which this book was published and whilst MI5 is not a specific area of interest for me the period in which the recollections are set are.

In my view this is a pleasant read in that it does not over burden the reader with dates and the level of detail one would expect from a heavily referenced piece of academic work and being a personal recollection this is entirely appropriate.

I was struck by the candid naming of persons and locations in this work which was for me a breath of fresh air and may have added some weight to the then Government's argument in seeking this work being banned.

The publisher's closing notes on the subject of the Thatcher Government and their attitude to this book and the Peter Wright `Spy Catcher' incident made for me particularly interesting reading.

In keeping with other similar clandestine organisations at the time the `old boy network' is very clear to see and perhaps at that time personal recommendation from someone seemingly `in the know' was about as good as it could get until security checks or `indiscretions' suggested otherwise.

The recollections of Ms Miller's personal relationships made for me interesting reading suggesting that there was inevitably some lee-way as to the subject of fidelity during war time.

I was touched by her clear fondness for her Spanish Lawyer lover who she does not name and I would hope that he knew how she felt about him.

Ms Miller's recollections on her relationship with M were for me a revelation in the sense that his sexuality had not been discovered by someone else although it is inferred that later in his life M was being blackmailed as a result.
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An excellent read. Unlike most books on the subject that will fill their pages with the 'same old' history. This Book was banned in the UK which was one of the reasons that got my interest. It is not that easy to work out why it was banned! then you realise that the old boy net must of been involved.
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