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Ipcress File

Author: Len Deighton   Series: Penguin Modern Classics

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Len Deighton's best-selling first spy novel which revolutionised the genre, now published in Penguin Classics for the first time

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Summary

Len Deighton's best-selling first spy novel which revolutionised the genre, now published in Penguin Classics for the first time

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Description

'A stone-cold Cold War classic' Toby Litt, Guardian A high-ranking scientist has been kidnapped. A secret British intelligence agency must find out why. But as the quarry is pursued from grimy Soho to the other side of the world, what seemed a straightforward mission turns into something far more sinister. With its sardonic, cool, working-class hero, Len Deighton's sensational debut The IPCRESS File rewrote the spy thriller and became the defining novel of 1960's London. 'Changed the shape of the espionage thriller ... there is an infectious energy about this book which makes it a joy to read' Daily Telegraph

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Critic Reviews

“They don't, as they say, write them like this anymore. You will be entertained, informed, thrilled and dazzled. Long may he, and his creations, live on.”

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About the Author

Len Deighton was born in 1929 in London. He did his national service in the RAF, went to the Royal College of Art and designed many book jackets, including the original UK edition of Jack Kerouac's On the Road . The enormous success of his first spy novel, The IPCRESS File (1962), was repeated in a remarkable sequence of books over the following decades. These varied from historical fiction ( Bomber , perhaps his greatest novel) to dystopian alternative fiction ( SS-GB ) and a number of brilliant non-fiction books on the Second World War ( Fighter, Blitzkrieg and Blood, Tears and Folly ). His spy novels chart the twists and turns of Britain and the Cold War in ways which now give them a unique flavour. They preserve a world in which Europe contains many dictatorships, in which the personal can be ruined by the ideological and where the horrors of the Second World War are buried under only a very thin layer of soil. Deighton's fascination with technology, his sense of humour and his brilliant evocation of time and place make him one of the key British espionage writers, alongside John Buchan, Eric Ambler, Ian Fleming and John Le Carr

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Product Details

Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd | Penguin Classics
Published
29th April 2021
Pages
256
ISBN
9780241505427
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