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Throughout the Second World War, Britain’s defence against the enemy within was Eric Roberts, a former bank clerk from Epsom.
Codenamed Jack King, he single-handedly built a network of hundreds of British Nazi sympathisers, with many passing secrets to him in the mistaken belief that he was a Gestapo officer. ‘Operation Fifth Column’ was kept so secret it was omitted from the reports MI5 sent to Winston Churchill.
In a narrative that grips like a thriller, and drawing on newly declassified documents, Robert Hutton’s Agent Jack shatters the comfortable notion that Britain could never have succumbed to fascism.