Edith and Kim is a poignant and captivating reconstruction of one of the most important relationships of interwar espionage – that between Kim Philby and Edith Tudor-Hart, the woman who introduced him to his Soviet handler. It is written by Kim’s granddaughter, Charlotte Philby, drawing on letters from the family’s private archives and intertwining the forgotten but fascinating story of Edith.
In June 1934, Kim Philby met his Soviet handler, the spy Arnold Deutsch. The woman who introduced them was called Edith Tudor-Hart. She changed the course of 20th century history.
Then she was written out of it.
Drawing on the Secret Intelligence Files on Edith Tudor-Hart, along with the private archive letters of Kim Philby, this finely worked, evocative and beautifully tense novel – by the granddaughter of Kim Philby – tells the story of the woman behind the Third Man.
Charlotte Philby worked for the Independent for eight years as a columnist, editor and reporter, and was shortlisted for the Cudlipp Prize for her investigative journalism at the 2013 Press Awards. A former contributing editor and feature writer at Marie Claire, she is founder of the online platform Motherland.net, and has contributed to all the major newspapers, as well as the BBC, Channel 4 and numerous magazines and books. Edith and Kim is her fourth novel, which will be published 31st March 2022 by Harper Collins. She is represented by Julia Silk at The Greyhound Agency.