“I was described as an ‘undercover agent’, working for MI5, Cambridge educated, a ‘specialist’ in mathematics, based in London, given the task of liaising with Tom Haley to facilitate a generous stipend.”
Forced to study maths, Serena Frome always preferred English, having read novels with a passion. Maybe that’s why she accepted the position with MI5 aimed at finding authors whose ideas the government felt furthered its interests. Of course, the writers had no idea where the liberal funding was coming from.
Now, nearly 40 years later, Serena writes her life story, at least the part that inv