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Comrade Jim By James Riordan

Comrade Jim
by James Riordan

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The true and remarkable story of the English spy who ended up playing for Spartak Moscow.
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Comrade Jim: The Spy Who Played for Spartak by James Riordan

The true and remarkable story of the English spy who ended up playing for Spartak Moscow. Like many working class children growing up in the war, the young Jim Riordan would fantasise his way out of his devastated surroundings with dreams of Wembley and FA Cup glory for his local team, Portsmouth FC. Spartak Moscow, the team he would end up playing for, wasn't even on his radar. Taught Russian and trained as a spy in the same institution that nurtured the likes of Alan Bennett and Michael Frayn, he was posted to Berlin as part of his National Service to listen in on Soviet military communiques. But, unbeknownst to his seniors, he began mixing with Russian servicemen, mostly through informal kick-abouts, and the passion of these idealistic young men would cultivate his interest in Russian culture, and especially communism, until it blossomed into a full grown love affair. From the shambolic outfit that was the British Communist Party in the 50s, to Cold War Moscow at its coldest, to his friendship with the Cambridge Five and meetings with Brezhnev and Gregarin, and his eventual debut in front of 50,000 Spartak fans at the Lenin stadium.Comrade Jim is the remarkable true story of the only Englishman to have played -- and survived -- Russian league football, told with grace, humour and lashings of vodka. An incredible journey of an ordinary man living through extraordinary times.

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Comrade Jim Reviews


'What is most riveting about this very honest book is that his story is so little known and that he has been able to live his life totally on his own terms, whether under Brezhnev or under Blair.' The Resident

About James Riordan


Jim Riordan has been a double bassist, hotel porter, railway clerk, barman, postman, unbreakable tea-set salesman, award-winning children's author, spy and a footballer, and is now Professor Emeritus in Russian Studies at the University of Surrey. He lives in Portsmouth with his family.

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GOR002648049
Comrade Jim: The Spy Who Played for Spartak by James Riordan
James Riordan
Used - Very Good
Hardback
HarperCollins Publishers
2008-05-06
240
0007251149
9780007251148
N/A
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