In the mid 1980s I bought a copy of the Webbs' "Soviet Communism- a New Civilisation?" from a Communist bookshop. On the first page is the signature 'Cornforth'. The book belonged to Maurice Cornforth the British Communist party's most prominent philosopher. He started the Cambridge branch of the Communist Party and also married the sister of James Klugman, also a Cambridge Communist who was widely held to have recruited some of the Cambridge spies. Klugman was at school with Donald Maclean, who later defected to the Soviet Union with Burgess and later Philby.
As a 16 year old member of the Young Communist League I met James Klugmann at a weekend school. I was not aware of the historic events which had surrounded him. The book directly links my bookshelf to the Cambridge spies and speaks of the love affair between Soviet Communism and British intellectuals.