She was the reason I was risking my life, but to be honest, I did not care if I lived or if I died.
Brian Grover flew a tiny plane into Russia to bring back the women he loved, Ileana Petrovna, in 1939 If I could not be with the woman I loved then I was as good as dead anyway.
He was a Cambridge graduate turned 1930s adventurer.
She was a beautiful nurse in Stalin's Soviet Union.
They fell in love - but then were parted for five years by the brutal regime.
But it was a trip to the famous Bolshoi Theatre - organised by Talbot - that was soon to change my life for ever.As she took her seat I caught a hint of rose-water that made me catch my breath.