- Crime & Thriller
Englishman Harold Adrian Russell Philby, nicknamed Kim, slips onto the Russian freighter Domatova as it quietly sails out of the Beirut harbour. A spy for the Soviet Union, he flees the Lebanese capital with just the clothes on his back and uncertainty over his fate in Moscow. Will he be welcomed as a senior Soviet intelligence officer? Will the Great Game he’s so keen on playing have a third act? Or will the Heart of Darkness have a more sinister purpose?
Impossible to put down, Young Philby paints a vivid picture about one of recent history’s most fascinating and subtle spies.
A Daily Telegraph 2014 Top 10 Best Cold War Novels
‘A riveting read’ Frederick Forsyth
‘An intriguing and surprisingly plausible new interpretation of what Philby was really up to and who he was working for. A fine book’ Daily Mail
‘Littell combines deep knowledge of spycraft with jovial levity’ Guardian
'For readers who savour both history and absurdity, this fascinating novel is not to be missed, and I persist in my belief that Littell is one of the most underrated of American novelists' Washington Post
‘Distinguished writer though Littell is, can he say anything new about Philby – or take a new approach to him? The answer to both questions, is yes’ Independent
'One of the mose original and authoritative writers of spy fiction of our time' London Literary Review
'This is a profound piece of superior writing' Catholic Herald
'Young Philby is a gripping and highly entertaining read' Euro Crime