Spies and historians unite over the latest Charles Cumming thriller

The worlds of television, literature and Her Majesty’s Secret Service collided last night at Daunt Books on Marylebone High Street to celebrate the launch of A Divided Spy by award-winning novelist Charles Cumming.

Authors William Fiennes, Boris Starling, Guy Walters and wife Annabel Venning, historian and television presenter and historian Suzannah Lipscomb and Jeremy O’Grady, editor of The Week, congregated over an unusual canapé selection of popcorn and spicy crisps, blissfully unaware of the presence of MI5 and MI6 officers mingling in the crowds.

The third and final instalment in Cumming’s celebrated Kell trilogy follows protagonist Thomas Kell as he is offered an unexpected chance to seek revenge against the Kremlin, with an overhanging threat of a terror attack on London. 110 copies were sold, rendering celebrations a huge success.

Lipscomb remained tightlipped on a rumoured romance with newly famed Le Carre actor Tom Hiddleston – perhaps she was casing the joint on his behalf for a role as Kell in the planned screenplay. ‘She doesn’t need Hiddleston, there are one or two real MI5 and MI6 officers here tonight,’ noted Cumming, before confirming that British actor Colin Firth has the film rights to the trilogy. ‘It’s all very exciting, but still early days for the silver screen,’ he confirmed. 


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