A revelatory and often chilling examination of an English icon, and
his controversial Soviet double life. Arthur Ransome was the J.K.
Rowling of his day, author of a series of children's books that
shaped the imaginations of a generation. But before that, he was an
uncritical apologist for the Bolshevik regime, conducting a love
affair with Leon Trotsky's private secretary, and comparing
Lenin to Oliver Cromwell. At Whitehall, he was accused of being an
agent of a hostile nation, and only narrowly escaped prosecution
Roland Chambers studied film and literature in Poland and at New York University before returning to England in 1998. He has worked as a private investigator specialising in Russian politics and business, and is also a children's author. He currently divides his time between London and Connecticut, where his wife teaches literature at Yale. The Last Englishman is his first biography.