Operation Portland: The Autobiography of a Spy by Harry Houghton newly listed for sale on the fabulous BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1972, Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: The very size of the catastrophe that has happened in our counter espionage and security agencies really does not seem to have been matched before. This was George Brown speaking in Parliament in 1961, a week after Harry Houghton had been sentenced (along with the Krogers, Gordon Lonsdale and Ethel Gee) to fifteen years jail for his part in the notorious Portland Spy Ring. Now released from prison, Houghton can at last reveal the whole fantastic story of Operation Portland -the story that never came out at the trial.
What were the motives that impelled Houghton to spy for Russia? How did he get away with it for so long? Was Gordon Lonsdale really the master-spy, and what part did Ethel Gee play in the ring? Most sensational of all, Houghton reveals how the diver Buster Crabb met his death. Operation Portland is an enthralling and controversial story; and a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a spy.
Good+ in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with sunning to the spine. Price Clipped. Top edge of the text block tanned. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 161 pages. 8¾” x 5¾”.