32 Londoners - A series of 32 talks on famous Londoners on the Coca-Cola London Eye, in association with Antique Beat and A Curious Invitation on 11th June 2015HomeAboutThe London EyeTickets
Miranda Carter on Anthony Blunt - Spy
Anthony Frederick Blunt, born 1907, BournemouthClick here for tickets - June 11th 2015

Anthony Blunt, one of Britain's most infamous spies, graduated with a First in Modern Languages at Cambridge, rose to be a pillar of the English arts establishment and was knighted for his services to the arts. A homosexual Marxist, at some point in the early 1930s he was recruited by the Soviet intelligence services and became a double agent whilst working for MI5. He was part of a spy ring known as ‘Cambridge Five’. In 1964 he was uncovered but in return for his full confession, it was agreed to keep his spying career a secret and grant him full immunity from prosecution. Margaret Thatcher revealed his role publicly in 1979 and he was stripped of his official posts and knighthood.

Miranda Carter's first book, Anthony Blunt: His Lives was published in 2001 and went on to win the Orwell Prize, the WH Heinemann award and was named as one of the seven best books of 2002 by the New York Times. She is currently at work on a series of historical thrillers set in the 1840s, published under the name M.J. Carter.

8:30 pm - Guests to arrive in the the 32 Londoners' departure lounge in County Hall's Riverside Rooms. Music and entertainment will be provided. Please use this time to find your group. Hosts will be holding signs of the Londoner who is the subject of each of talk.
8:45 pm - First embarkation. Complimentary drinks will be served in your capsule.
9:50 pm - Last disembarkation. Please return to County Hall for more entertainment.
11:00 pm - Lounge closes.

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