Preface Publishing has acquired M: The True Story of Maxwell Knight, Britain’s Most Successful Spymaster by Henry Hemming (pictured).
Trevor Dolby, publisher of Preface, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Jonathan Conway of Jonathan Conway Literary Agency. North American rights were acquired simultaneously by Public Affairs.
Maxwell Knight OBE is known as one of MI5’s great spymasters for his efforts to break-up British fascism during the Second World War. Known to his agents and colleagues as ‘M’, Knight is reputed to be one of the inspirations for the ‘M’ character in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels.
M will be the first biography of Maxwell Knight in over 30 years. Hemming will draw on a wealth of material that has been released by MI5 since then, as well as previously unpublished material from private family archives and his interviews with former intelligence operatives. The book reveals the names and stories of some of the men and women recruited by Knight on behalf of MI5 to infiltrate the most dangerous political organisations in Britain at that time.
Hemming is the author of five previous works of non-fiction, including most recently Churchill’s Iceman (Arrow), which was a New York Times bestseller.
M publishes in hardback in August 2016.