Review

Agent Sonya is the story of a how an ordinary German woman became an extraordinary communist spy

By T.j. Collins
November 13 2020 - 1:00pm
Ursula and her first husband Rudi after a picnic in the countryside just before her departure for Moscow. Picture: Collection of the Hamburger family
  • Agent Sonya, by Ben Mcintyre. Viking. $35.

In the autumn of 1938, a plucky Yorkshireman named Alexander Foote knocked on the door of a house on Lawn Road, Hampstead, the leafy north London enclave that has long been popular with artists, intellectuals and the well-heeled. A woman identifying herself as Mrs Bridget Lewis answered the door and let him in.

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