Charles Cumming was born in Ayr,
Scotland in 1971. He was educated at
Eton and graduated from the University
of Edinburgh with First Class Honours in
English Literature in 1994. In the
summer of 1995, he was approached for
recruitment by the Secret Intelligence
Service (SIS), also known as MI6. The
recruitment process described in A
Spy By Nature is apparently based
closely on his own experience to the
point that he has been accused of
breaking the spirit of the Officials
Secret Act (as
explained in an essay on his website).
A year later he moved to Montreal where he began working on a novel based on his experiences with the SIS. A Spy By Nature was bought in a two-book deal by Penguin in 1999. It was published in 2001 in the UK, but not until 2007 in ...