Burgess biography to Biteback

Burgess biography to Biteback

Biteback Publishing will publish a biography of Cambridge spy Guy Burgess by Stewart Purvis and Jeff Hulbert.

Purvis, a former editor-in-chief and c.e.o. of ITN last month reported for BBC's "Newsnight" on the discovery of footage of Burgess giving a television interview in Canada. Hulbert, a media historian, is the co-author with Purvis of When Reporters Cross the Line (Biteback). Their biography, Guy Burgess: The Spy Who Knew Everyone will be the first by British writers.

Managing editor Olivia Beattie signed rights from the authors.

She said: "Guy Burgess was a fascinating figure, a dishevelled, hard-drinking, extravagant yet enigmatic man who managed to maintain a place at the heart of British intelligence without detection. Purvis and Hulbert have proved they can find missing pieces in the Burgess story and we’re delighted to be publishing yet more in this new biography, which fills a gap in the literature on the Cambridge Five and reinforces Biteback’s increasing reputation as the UK’s leading publisher of books on espionage."

The book is scheduled for publication in October 2015.