Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Biography of the Year, 2008.
Eddie Chapman: rogue, criminal, confidence trickster, hero to both sides and betrayer of all. At the start of the Second World War, Chapman was recruited by the German Secret Service. He was a highly prized Nazi agent. He was also a secret spy for Britain, alias Agent Zigzag.
Agent Zigzag is the untold story of Britain's most extraordinary wartime double agent. Genuinely courageous, able to withstand withering interrogations from both sides, Chapman was a dashing, charming, and fiercely intelligent man whose talents led to a single end: breaking the rules. He wore loud suits, drove fast cars, and had a woman in every port. Yet at the same time, he was, in his own way, loyal to his lover and their child.
This was a man who courted contradictions as much as he courted adventure. Inside the traitor was a man of loyalty; inside the villain was a hero; the problem for Chapman, his spymasters, and his lovers, was to know where one ended and the other began. In 1943, Colonel Tim Stephens of MI5 said of the story of Chapman: "In fiction it would be rejected as improbable". It is one of the most gripping untold stories of the Second World War.
"The Story of an outrageous conman turned wartime spy that would have seemed far-fetched had it been fiction, but makes compelling listening as biography. The atmosphere of the decades before and after the Second World War - incessant cigerettes, East End drives, chaste picnics and secret sins - is almost photographically realised." (
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Another great Espionage story