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Twitching the Iron Curtain In Central Europe and London: Memoirs 1972-1984 By Martin Nicholson
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Twitching the Iron Curtain is the fourth volume of Martin Nicholson's memoirs. It takes the author's career and family life from 1972 to 1984, following the abrupt end of his posting in Moscow in a... More > flurry of expulsions and counter-expulsions of diplomats, described in the previous volume, Activities Incompatible. The present volume covers the author’s postings in family-friendly, though still thoroughly Communist Prague (1972-1975) and Vienna (1978-1981), the forum for MBFR, the long-running East/West arms control negotiations, as well as London postings, where Martin followed the slow demise of the Soviet Union and witnessed at first hand Mikhail Gorbachev’s dramatic visit to the UK in 1984. By the end of this period Martin’s children were teenagers; their story also weaves its way through the narrative.< Less
Memories of Childhood By Martin Nicholson
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Martin Nicholson was born in 1937 in Rio de Janeiro, where his father was working for Shell. He had sailed across the Atlantic twice before he was three years old, the second time just days after the... More > start of the Second World War when the family returned to South America to live near Buenos Aires in Argentina. They returned to England in 1946 to experience the realities of ‘austerity Britain’ of the 1950s. They faced the bitter winter of 1946-1947 in Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham, then moved to Twickenham, south west London, where they made their first real home. Like many middle class English boys of that era he went through the discipline of boarding school, in Swanage on the south coast, and at Oundle School, Peterborough. This book – the first of a projected series of four volumes that will take his memoirs up to retirement from the Diplomatic Service in 1997 – tells the story of a childhood constantly on the move, but always in the bosom of a secure and loving family – his parents and three siblings.< Less
On the Fringes of Europe: Student Years 1956-1963 By Martin Nicholson
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This second volume of Martin Nicholson's projected four volume autobiography takes the author through his student years between 1956 and 1963, during the Cold War. Martin did his National Service in... More > the Royal Navy learning Russian. He took his degree in Russian and Spanish at Cambridge University and spent a year at Moscow State University under the auspices of the British Council. It was 1961, when the Russians were celebrating their success in the space race, while also trying to come to terms with the legacy of Stalin’s dictatorship. Martin observed all this at first hand, a unique preparation for his later career as an analyst of the Soviet Union in the British Diplomatic Service.< Less
Activities Incompatible: Memoirs of a Kremlinologist and a Family Man 1963-1971 By Martin Nicholson
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Activities Incompatible, the third volume of Martin Nicholson's memoirs, covers the years 1963 to 1971, when the author started his career as an analyst of Soviet political affairs in the Research... More > Department of the Foreign Office in London and continued in the Russian Secretariat of the British Embassy, Moscow. In 1971 he took his wife and two children to Moscow for his second tour of duty, as Head of the Russian Secretariat. By this time he had also been appointed one of two official Russian interpreters for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. But the Cold War was still at its height, and the knives were out between London and Moscow over the Soviet Union’s espionage activities in the UK. Martin was engulfed in the gathering storm of expulsions and counter-expulsions of diplomats and its dramatic climax. Here he tells the story from the inside.< Less
Memories of Childhood By Martin Nicholson
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Martin Nicholson was born in 1937 in Rio de Janeiro, where his father was working for Shell. He had sailed across the Atlantic twice before he was three years old, the second time just days after the... More > start of the Second World War when the family returned to South America to live near Buenos Aires in Argentina. They returned to England in 1946 to experience the realities of ‘austerity Britain’ of the 1950s. They faced the bitter winter of 1946-1947 in Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham, then moved to Twickenham, south west London, where they made their first real home. Like many middle class English boys of that era he went through the discipline of boarding school, in Swanage on the south coast, and at Oundle School, Peterborough. This book – the first of a projected series of four volumes that will take his memoirs up to retirement from the Diplomatic Service in 1997 – tells the story of a childhood constantly on the move, but always in the bosom of a secure and loving family – his parents and three siblings.< Less
On the Fringes of Europe: Student Years 1956-1963 By Martin Nicholson
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This second volume of Martin Nicholson's projected four volume autobiography takes the author through his student years between 1956 and 1963, during the Cold War. Martin did his National Service in... More > the Royal Navy learning Russian. He took his degree in Russian and Spanish at Cambridge University and spent a year at Moscow State University under the auspices of the British Council. It was 1961, when the Russians were celebrating their success in the space race, while also trying to come to terms with the legacy of Stalin’s dictatorship. Martin observed all this at first hand, a unique preparation for his later career as an analyst of the Soviet Union in the British Diplomatic Service.< Less

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