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Ian McEwan's latest novel Sweet Tooth is set in Britain in 1972, when the country is facing economic disaster, and widespread industrial unrest. The main character, Serena Frome, is sent on a secret mission and must maintain an undercover life. But have you ever wondered how McEwan creates such a convincing and detailed fictional world?

The novel acknowledges a number of books in helping inform the author about the world he chose to portray, including Hugh Wilford's The CIA, the British Left and the Cold War: Calling the Tune?, which traces the story of the CIA's campaign to win the Cold War allegiance of the British Left. The book is available to buy from Routledge now, so follow the link below for more information.

Hugh Wilford is Professor of History at California State University, Long Beach.

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  1. The CIA, the British Left and the Cold War

    Calling the Tune?

    By Hugh Wilford

    Series: Studies in Intelligence

    Shortly after it was founded in 1947, the CIA launched a secret effort to win the Cold War allegiance of the British left. Hugh Wilford traces the story of this campaign from its origins in Washington DC to its impact on Labour Party politicians, trade unionists, and Bloomsbury intellectuals...

    Published August 30th 2003 by Routledge