After he was publicly exposed in 1979, he claims to have considered suicide but instead turned to "whiskey and concentrated work." The four years thereafter, before his death in 1983, were far from easy, and perhaps rightly so. He was famously jeered by the crowd when he tried to go see a movie at a Notting Hill theater in February 1980. And later that same month his lover of over 25 years, John Gaskin, threw himself from a sixth floor balcony in a suicide attempt (but survived).
Embedded below is a 6 minute piece from the British news program Newsnight about the release of this memoir by the British Library. It includes digitally remastered footage of Blunt himself. Noted espionage historian Christopher Andrew is also interviewed, as his Blunt's biographer Miranda Carter, each of whom comment on the errors and omissions in these memoirs. Andrew calls it a "conspiracy against self-knowledge."