Families of ‘new cold war’ victims endorse author’s spy thriller

Fleet Street veteran and author Tony Bassett receives endorsements for his new novel from the families of Dawn Sturgess and Alexander Litvinenko

The parents of murdered British mother of three Dawn Sturgess and the widow of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko have provided their endorsement to a new contemporary spy novel. 

They have praised The Lazarus Charter, which has just been published through The Conrard Press, after author and former national news reporter Tony Bassett dedicated the book to the memory of their loved ones. 

Mr Tony Bassett The London Economic

As well as the dedication, Mr Bassett – who wrote for the likes of the Sunday People and The Sun during a four-decade journalism career – also interviewed both the Sturgesses and Marina Litvinenko. 

The London Economic has just published an article featuring those interviews, in which Dawn’s parents speak of their feeling of being abandoned by the government since their daughter’s death in 2018, after exposure to the nerve agent novichok, and Ms Litvinenko – whose husband died in a separate poisoning incident in 2006 – casts doubts on the impact new plans to register all foreign agents in the UK will have in increasing national security.  

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