Guardian Faber will publish Shadow State: Murder, Mayhem and Russia’s Remaking of the West by Luke Harding on 7 May 2020. Associate Publisher Laura Hassan bought UK & Commonwealth rights from David Godwin at DGA. HarperCollins will publish simultaneously in the USA.

No terrorist group has deployed a nerve agent in a civilian area or used a radioactive mini-bomb in London. The Kremlin has done both.

More often than not its operatives come in disguise. They pose as tourists, journalists, businessmen. Shadow State is about those spies and the way Russia has used them to wage an increasingly bold war, in the UK and beyond.

Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Luke Harding charts the assault on the West, and methods including fake news, cyber intrusions and the poisoning of our politics through dirty money. This is a gripping investigation into how Russia’s spies helped elect Donald Trump, backed Brexit, and threaten the very basis of Western democracy.

This is a scary and absolutely essential read for anyone who wants to understand how our world came to be so chaotic and divided. The UK edition will include an exclusive epilogue on Boris Johnson, post-Brexit UK and relations with Russia.
Laura Hassan
I'm delighted Guardian Faber is publishing Shadow State. At a time when Boris Johnson is refusing to release the Russia report, it's important to understand how the Kremlin is seeking to undermine the UK and its allies. The novichok poisoning of Sergei Skripal shows we live in a post-rules age. Murder, hacking and election meddling are here to stay.
Luke Harding

Luke Harding is a Guardian foreign correspondent. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Guardian’s Moscow bureau chief. He is the author of Collusion (a New York Times #1 bestseller), A Very Expensive Poison, The Snowden Files and Mafia State, as well as the co-author of WikiLeaks and The Liar (nominated for the Orwell Prize). @LukeHarding1968

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