By Peter Wright
With the release of this book Peter Wright instantly became one of British publishing’s most famous—and problematic—authors. Spycatcher, Wright’s account of his time in the British security services, tells of his assignment to uncover KGB moles within MI5, and his belief that one of them was the former Director General, Roger Hollis. There were also shocking revelations about British Secret Service attempts to assassinate Egypt’s President Nasser during the Suez Crisis, and MI5/CIA plotting against former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Spycatcher was promptly banned by the British government, so the first edition was printed in Australia in July 1987, and copies quickly flooded into the UK. British newspapers which attempted to report on the contents were served with injunctions, leading The Economist to protest by publishing blank pages in place of a review. It wasn’t until the following year that the government relented, and allowed publication of the book.