About the Author

ben-macintyre-use-credit-justine-stoddartBen Macintyre is a columnist and Associate Editor on The Times. He has worked as the newspaper’s correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He is the author of  Agent Zigzag, shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award and the Galaxy British Book Award for Biography of the Year 2008, and the no. 1 bestsellers A Spy Among Friends, Operation Mincemeat, Double Cross and SAS: Rogue Heroes.

In 2019, The Spy and the Traitor, which tells the story of double KGB agent Oleg Gordiesvsky, was a No. 1 Sunday Times Bestseller and was also shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize and National Book Awards. In 2020, Agent Sonya: Lover, Mother, Soldier, Spy told the story of Ursula Kuczynski – codename Sonya – the greatest female spy of the 20th Century. Ben’s new book Colditz: Prisoners of the Castle tells the astonishing true story of history’s most infamous prison and became the biggest selling history book of 2022 and a N0.1 Sunday Times Bestseller.

‘A master at setting the pulse racing’ Daily Mail
‘Macintyre does true-life espionage better than anyone else’ John Preston