‘Tinker, Tailor’ Fans: Meet Our ‘Spy’

Well, our spy expert, that is. If you've seen the new espionage thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (nominated for multiple Oscars and BAFTA film awards), or read the 1974 classic novel by former British intelligence officer John le Carré, on which the film is based, you'll be pleased … and maybe a bit intrigued … to know that one of our guest lecturers is none other than Nigel West, a renowned military historian specialising in intelligence, counterintelligence, and security issues.

His many books include At Her Majesty's Secret Service: The Chiefs of Britain's Intelligence Agency, MI6, the Historical Dictionary of World War II Intelligence, and the Historical Dictionary of Ian Fleming’s James Bond. His latest book, the Historical Dictionary of Naval Intelligence, was published last March.

The Sunday Times has commented: “His information is so precise that many people believe he is the unofficial historian of the secret services. His books are peppered with deliberate clues to potential front-page stories.”

During 1987-1997, West was a member of Britain's House of Commons, representing a parliamentary constituency in Devon, contributing to official secrets legislation and the statutes authorising the security and intelligence services. He is currently European Editor of the Washington, DC-based International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence and a lecturer at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies in Alexandria, Virginia.

Nigel West is scheduled to host an enrichment programme on the following voyages in 2012:

Voyage 4205: Silver Whisper, Mauritius to Singapore, 16 February - 3 March

Voyage 1213: Silver Cloud, Monte Carlo to Monte Carlo, 8 - 20 May

Voyage 1228: Silver Cloud, Las Palmas to Barbados, 1 - 13 November

Voyage 2235: Silver Wind, Athens to Dubai, 12 - 28 November

Feb 01, 2012