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Maggies Machiavel Public Servant Secret Agent The Enigmatic Life and Violent Death of Airey Neave Paul Routledge 392pp Fourth Estate Paul Routledge would not have written this life of Airey Neave had it not been for the manner of Neaves death On the afternoon of March 30 1979 a car exploded on the ramp leading up from the car park of the House of Commons The driver of the car who died in hospital less than an hour later was shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland a close friend of Margaret Thatcher Paul Routledge represents Airey Neave as an honourable man who acted through his life in accord with his convictions but also as a natural plotter whose instinct for conspiracy led him down mysterious paths to that agonising death His family did not want this or any book to be written and gave Routledge only limited cooperation That may explain why the account of his childhood and his education at Eton and Merton College Oxford is somewhat thin Often in political biographies the opening chapters are the most interesting they tell us what we could not before have known about the formation of the familiar character who then takes the stage By contrast the account of Airey Neaves war is vivid The subaltern of 24 was captured in the defence of Calais in May 1940 In January 1942 after weary weeks of preparation he escaped from Colditz with a young Dutch officer and after many hazards found his way though the snow to Switzerland His courage and persistence emerge from this story - but also his self-contained reserve Before long he held high responsibility in MI9 the intelligence agency responsible for creating and sustaining the ratlines the channels run by the resistance movements in France Belgium and Holland for the spiriting back to Britain of shot-down RAF pilots After the war his interest increasingly focused on politics Thus developed the Airey Neave who
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