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A Secret Well Kept By Lady Constance Kell

A Secret Well Kept by Lady Constance Kell

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A Secret Well Kept Summary

A Secret Well Kept: The Untold Story of Sir Vernon Kell, Founder of MI5 by Lady Constance Kell

The United Kingdom's domestic counter-intelligence and security agency, most commonly known as MI5, was founded in 1909 by Sir Vernon Kell KBE. Kell ('K' within the agency) not only founded MI5 but was also its Director for 31 years, the longest tenure of any head of a British government department during the twentieth century. Kell was also fluent in six foreign languages, making him arguably the most gifted linguist ever to head a Western intelligence agency. A Secret Well Kept was written by Kell's wife, Constance, in the 1950s, and the manuscript has been a treasured family possession ever since. Constance's story is endlessly fascinating: she tells of their life in China during the Boxer Rebellion, the formation of MI5 in 1909, the key characters, events and spy cases of Kell's career, and his important work achieved for the country during two world wars. A modern-day preface from Kell's great-granddaughter, introduction by Stewart Binns and notes from Dr Chris Northcott add historical context to this delightful and unparalleled insight into the personal life of an extremely powerful and important man.

A Secret Well Kept Reviews

A charming piece of social history and a captivating addition to the history of MI5. Loyal, resolute and undaunted, in a later era [Constance] might herself have made an excellent MI5 officer. * Stella Rimington *
You'll be swept along by the author's enthusiasm -- Sebastian Shakespeare * Tatler *
This book oozes authority but almost never made it into print. An engaging story that is a captivating and important addition to the history of MI5. * Firetrench *
Wonderfully recounted in the laconic style of Edwardian England * The Lady *

About Lady Constance Kell

Constance Kell was Sir Vernon Kell's wife for over 40 years. Deeply devoted to him, she provided constant support to him in his life and work. A Secret Well Kept is her account of their fascinating and wonderful life together, written after his death in 1942. Constance died in 1971.

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A Secret Well Kept: The Untold Story of Sir Vernon Kell, Founder of MI5 by Lady Constance Kell
Used - Very Good
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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