Maclaren-Ross makes an appearance on the literary podcast, Backlisted


The latest edition (December 2018) of the literary podcast, Backlisted, focuses on Books Do Furnish A Room, the much-loved tenth volume in Anthony Powell's classic twelve-volume novel sequence, A Dance To The Music of Time. Central to the novel is Powell's barely fictionalised portrait of Julian Maclaren-Ross, whom he calls Francis Xavier Trapnel, author of such gems as Camel Ride To The Tomb

BBC Radio 4 Extra repeat Mr X, of D.J. Taylor's radio documentary about Maclaren-Ross

On Friday 29 June 2018, BBC Radio 4 Extra repeated this excellent documentary, which features an interview with Julian's son, Alex. The programme will be available on the BBC radio iplayer until 29 July 2018. Just click here to listen to it.

The Salesman Only Rings Once: Julian Maclaren-Ross and the Vacuum-Cleaner in the 1930s

Thursday 14 June 2018, 5.30pm-7.30pm at the Curve Auditorium in the Forum, Bethel Street, Norwich. Free entry.

The University of East Anglia's Literature, Drama and Creative Writing Department will be presenting the inaugural Lorna Sage Memorial Lecture, to be delivered by Professor Maud Ellmann of the University of Chicago.

Of Love and Hunger appears in this beautiful new plumage

Penguin Modern Classics has at last seen sense by replacing the book's previous, unenticing dustjacket with this much more appropriate and attractive detail from a print by the great Edward Bawden. 

Maclaren-Ross's skills as a short story-writer are acknowledged by the decision to feature him in the recently published Penguin Book of the British Short Story. Edited by the novelist and critic, Philip Hensher, the chosen story is the brief but tragic 'Death of a Comrade', originally published in The Stuff To Give The Troops. This same story, based on Maclaren-Ross's experiences of serving in a series of army depots during the Second World War, also features in his Selected Stories.

A London based bookdealer recently advertised a second edition of The Stuff To Give The Troops, featuring an unusual and touching inscription by Maclaren-Ross. 'My own copy,' it reads. 'Please do not steal, otherwise I shall have to pay full price for another. J. Maclaren-Ross, 21-1-43.' 

Andrew Lownie, who runs the literary agency that represents the Maclaren-Ross Estate, has scored a critical and commercial hit with this comprehensive biography of the Soviet spy, Guy Burgess. It's hard to believe that Burgess and Maclaren-Ross didn't meet in Soho at some point, perhaps at the famous Gargoyle Club, which they both frequented.

Through interviews with more than a hundred people who knew Burgess personally, many of whom have never spoken about him before, and the discovery of hitherto secret files, Stalin's Englishman brilliantly unravels the many lives of Guy Burgess in all their intriguing, chilling, colourful, tragi-comic wonder.


The latest non-fiction book by Maclaren-Ross's biographer and editor of many of four collections of his work is available now. Mainly set in London between the summers of 1939 and 1940, Rendezvous at the Russian Tea Rooms depicts a dramatic yet little-known spy story, once hailed by a leading American newspaper as the greatest spy story of the Second World War. At the heart of this intrigue are Tyler Kent, a womanising American employee at the US Embassy, and Anna Wolkoff, a White Russian fashion designer. They soon find themselves being investigated by the eccentric British spymaster, Maxwell Knight. 

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