Clovis Meath Baker

Levelling the playing field

Questioning the status of history’s ‘most dangerous’ spy

Spy who stayed out in the cold

There are shades of Philby in Richard Sorge, the hard-drinking, motorcycling, womanising rake whose cover as an arrogant Nazi convinced the German official community in Tokyo that he was one of them

Goodbye to all that

A charming and engaging memoir of a world long gone

Our Man On Twitter

Is Tom Fletcher's Naked Diplomacy the new model for British statecraft?

Their Man In London

What do we really want from our security services?

Donnish Spy Games

A valuable - though not objective - historical record

Another Country

James Naughtie's spy thriller, The Madness of July, is the work of a man steeped in the politics of the BBC

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"