One Girl's War: Personal Exploits in MI5's Most Secret Station Paperback – 1 Dec 1986
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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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Like other books that the Authorities attempted to ban, it is a 'must-read' for such study in fact.
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.Read more ›
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This is an excellent autobiography by a former member of MI5. A woman with a conscience. Tells you how London looked in the 1930s and during WW2Published 18 months ago by wilson john haire