Countdown with Charles Cumming
Interviewed 19 February 2022
Charles Cumming was born in Scotland in 1971. He was
educated at Ludgrove School (1979-1984), Eton College (1985-1989) and the
University of Edinburgh (1990-1994), where he graduated with 1st Class Honours
in English Literature.
In 1995, Charles was approached for recruitment by the
United Kingdom's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). A Spy By Nature, his debut
novel was partly based on his experiences with MI6.
He is one of the trustees of The Pierce Loughran Memorial Scholarship fund which provides tuition fees for the Yeats Summer School in Sligo, Ireland. He is also the founder and President of the José Raúl Capablanca Memorial Chess Society.
Books by Charles Cumming
When the chief of Station in Ankara is killed in a plane crash, the Head of MI6 asks Thomas Kell to investigate. Kell, a previously disgraced agent, sees this as an opportunity to rehabilitate himself, but it soon becomes clear that a mole is at work.
Reviewed on 15 August 2015 by Arnold Taylor