A Very Dangerous Woman: The Lives, Loves and Lies of by Deborah McDonald, Jeremy Dronfield

By Deborah McDonald, Jeremy Dronfield

Undercover agent, adventurer, charismatic seductress and mistress of 2 of the century’s maximum writers, the Russian aristocrat Baroness Moura Budberg was once born in 1892 to indulgence, excitement and selfishness. yet after she met the British diplomat and undercover agent Robert Bruce Lockhart, she sacrificed every little thing for romance, simply to be betrayed.

When Lockhart arrived in progressive Russia in 1918, his legit project was once Britain’s envoy to the recent Bolshevik govt, but his actual project used to be to create a community of brokers and plot the downfall of Lenin. Lockhart quickly obtained to grasp Moura and so they started a passionate affair, even supposing Moura used to be spying on him for the Bolsheviks. but if Lockhart’s plot unravelled, she could forsake every thing in an try to defend him from Lenin’s mystery police. Fleeing to a lifetime of exile in England and taking a string of latest enthusiasts, together with Maxim Gorky and H. G. Wells, Moura later spied for Stalin and for Britain amidst the internet of scandal surrounding the Cambridge spies. via all this she clung to the desire that Lockhart could ultimately go back to her.

Grippingly narrated, this can be the 1st biography of Moura Budberg to exploit the entire variety of formerly unexamined letters, diaries and records. a tremendous precise tale of ardour, espionage and double crossing that encircled the globe, A Very risky Woman brings her notable global vividly to lifestyles with dramatic resonances to rival the main sensational novel.

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