By Fiona Fullerton
He used to be a suspected chilly warfare undercover agent. She turned the glamorous KGB double agent in a Bond motion picture. whilst a prisoner writes to a film superstar, the simplest he can desire for is a signed photograph. but if Alex wrote to the glamorous Fiona Fullerton she was once beguiled by means of the artistry of his letters and poems. during this heartfelt memoir, Fiona Fullerton recalls-for the 1st time-her 12 12 months correspondence with Prisoner 789959 Alexander Alexandrowicz -including his clever tips approximately her marriage, divorce and profession on the leading edge of cinema, television and theatre. according to their unique letters, the narrative is considered one of contrasts-about a guy within the darkest days of his lengthy incarceration and a girl surrounded through the brightest lighting of convey company. surprised via his lengthy sentence, Alex protested his innocence and railed opposed to the process, usually from solitary confinement-whilst she roamed the realm, a celeb and a nomad. From this not likely juxtaposition built the friendship on the centre of this booklet. the real tale of the way humans from social extremes solid a 30 yr bond of friendship opposed to all odds. It additionally tells of ways they got here to depend upon one another and the author's look for him after he disappeared. 'Have you ever heard of Nadejda Philaretovna von Meck? She and Tchaikovsky have been corresponding for years, they by no means met-and but he produced his most interesting paintings for her. My most interesting paintings can be for you... it really is you on my own who has given me power whereas i've been in felony, the power to revive misplaced and demise desire into burning resolution'. 'Yes, the bond among us gets improved, Alex. it's going to by no means die now. i will continually be right here should you desire me. i want you too, do not forget, so jointly we are going to clutter through'. studies 'What a beautiful, gorgeous book... compelling, gripping, relocating, insightful': Erwin James, mother or father correspondent. writer Fiona Fullerton was once certainly one of Britain's superior and flexible actresses, starring in videos, tv and West finish theatres, retaining a excessive profile media presence for over two decades. She then grew to become a estate Columnist, author and estate funding guru, attaining a drastically various viewers. Foreword Edward Fitzgerald CBE quality controls is without doubt one of the UK's major attorneys specialising in felony legislations, public legislations and foreign human rights legislations. He has featured in lots of major circumstances at domestic and in another country. He used to be felony reduction attorney of the yr in 2009, Silk of the yr in 2005 and winner of the days Justice Human Rights Award in 1998.
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Extra resources for Dear Fiona: Letters from a Suspected Soviet Spy
I put down the bedroll I’d been carrying and sat down on the cot. I realised that there was no water jug or wash-basin and immediately felt thirsty and dirty. I was hungry; my last meal had been a small bowl of porridge, before leaving Risley that same morning … God, that seemed like days ago. I hand-rolled a cigarette from a few dog-ends. I hadn’t any more tobacco. I went for a piss. The bucket had a couple of inches of urine in it and a turd, which was melting into liquid, stuck to the bottom.
And you’re going to be busy this Christmas, hey? I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you on your first night, Fiona, it always works. But I guess you don’t need luck from anybody ’cos you have what it takes and you’re bound to win all the coconuts and a lotta flowers and such. Anyroad, lass, take good care of yourself, Fiona. Keep on smiling. Will write again when I can. Alex Princess Around you every Night — the Elves; When you are fast Asleep, Cast their mystic Spells of Light; Myriad Starbursts at your feet.
That is nice for Angela Rippon. Wish I could watch it but it’s on too late for us lot. Here is a poem I have grown to like; the first two lines of the last verse have always been familiar to me – imagine my delight at becoming fully acquainted with the complete poem! You may know of it yourself, already? To Althea, from Prison (last verse) Stone Walls do not a Prison make, Nor Iron bars a Cage; Minds innocent and quiet take That for an Hermitage; 61 Dear Fiona If I have freedom in my love, And in my soul am free; Angels alone that soar above, Enjoy such Liberty Richard Lovelace Do you know how your name is spelt in Russian, our kid?