A former Northwich teacher who stunned her pupils and colleagues at a farewell assembly by revealing her life as a spy in apartheid South Africa will be sharing more secrets when she returns to give a talk at The Grange School on Thursday, April 14.
Following a successful book launch in South Africa where her autobiography Agent 407 - by Olivia Forsyth - became an instant best seller, she is making a brief trip from her home in Italy to launch the book in the UK.
Olivia Langton taught English at The Grange School for nine years while living in Helsby and is delighted to be able to combine the launch with a reunion with former colleagues and pupils.
The free event at the Grange Theatre is open to the public.
The book describes her recruitment as a a spy, four years as an undercover operative, then defection to the ANC, her imprisonment and escape from a military camp, and political intervention by Margaret Thatcher’s government to get her out of her refuge at Britain’s embassy in Angola.
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Olivia’s book tour of South Africa involving television, radio, newspaper and magazine interviews proved controversial and filming a TV documentary pitched her face-to-face with the old regime’s propaganda boss where she got some clues to how her defection eventually failed and she ended up in prison.
Olivia said: “I am delighted to be returning to The Grange, to have the opportunity to catch up with former colleagues and pupils and to share with parents some of the details of that assembly.”
This is just a fleeting visit, as she needs to return to her husband, Eric Langton, the former editor in chief of Trinity Mirror Cheshire, who is being treated for cancer and currently unwell.
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Tickets from the Grange Theatre website and can be booked online. Seating is limited and booking is advisable. The event starts at 7pm on Thursday, April 14. Tickets online from thegrangetheatre.com. The event includes book signing and Agent 407 is available from Amazon.