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Spy Wars: The Fiction behind the Truth

Announcing a New Statesman event with British and Russian writers.

New Statesman and Academia Rossica - Spy Wars: The Fiction behind the Truth

Thursday April 14th 2011. 7pm - 8.30pm, The Courtauld Institute

Join the New Statesman and Academia Rossica to see some of UK and Russia's greatest contemporary writers explore the genre of espionage fiction. Spy Wars: The Fiction behind the Truth will explore how espionage fiction grew both in Russia and the West during the Cold War, how it has developed since and how much fiction has influenced the reality of espionage and vice versa.

On the panel is Henry Porter, writer, civil liberties campaigner and spy novelist; Christopher Andrew, author of the authorised history of MI5 as well as of the controversial Mitrokhin Archive; Boris Akunin, Russian detective and spy novelist and Sergei Kostin who has written both fiction and non-fiction about espionage. The BBC's diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall will chair the discussion and take questions from the floor.

Tickets are extremely limited and available on a strict first come first served basis.

Prices: until Monday April 4th available at £12 for adults - £10 concessions (student / seniors). After 4th April tickets cost £15. Book now to avoid disappointment.

To purchase tickets for this event follow this link.

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