Sir Philip Augar John Stonehouse: Spy, fraudster, banker?

22 September 2022

Philip talked about his new book; Agent Twister: The true story behind the scandal that gripped a nation, that he has co-authored with Keely Winstone.

John Stonehouse was a cabinet minister, a Czech spy, a fraudster, a philanderer and a putative banker.

In 1972 Stonehouse established the British Bangladesh Trust (BBT) which aimed to become a bank to serve the interest of the British Bangladeshi community.

Philip Augur and Keely Winstone’s new book tells the story of how the failure of BBT and other business interests, in the aftermath of the so-called Barbour Boom, led Stonehouse to fake his own death, twice.

As Warren Buffet said ‘Only when the tide goes out that do you discover who’s been swimming naked’. Philip will tell the story of how the financial tide went out for BBT and for John Stonehouse and the story of how John Stonehouse himself literally went out with the tide – or did he?

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