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The Spy's Bedside Book

The Spy's Bedside Book

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By (author) Graham Greene, By (author) Sir Hugh Greene, Foreword by Stella Rimington

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  • Publisher: ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 196mm x 18mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 4 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099519607
  • ISBN 13: 9780099519607
  • Illustrations note: 4
  • Sales rank: 276,110

Product description

On its first appearance in 1957, Hugh and Graham Greene's "The Spy's Bedside Book" provoked a storm of interest, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, 100 copies were bought by East German Intelligence. This classic anthology, with a new introduction by the former head of MI5, Stella Rimington, includes stories by some of the great writers on spying and many practitioners, including Ian Fleming and John Buchan, Sir Robert Baden-Powell and Belle Boyd, Walter Schellenberg and Major Andre, Sir Paul Dukes and Vladimir Petrov, and from the golden age of mystery and suspense, William Le Queux and E. Phillips Oppenheim. There are also some unexpected figures: William Blake, D.H. Lawrence and Thomas Mann, all suspected of spying in three great wars. How can you hide messages in a boiled egg? Why should you always put pepper in your vodka when in Russia? Answers to these questions and much more can be found in this thrilling collection, which will enthrall readers once again with its tales of espionage from a bygone era.

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Author information

Graham Greene was born in 1904. While at Balliol College, Oxford he published his first book of verse. He continued to write throughout his lifetime, and served with the Secret Intelligence Service during the Second World War. He died in 1991. Hugh Greene was born in 1910. He came to prominence as a journalist when he became a chief correspondent in Nazi Berlin. During the Second World War he served in the RAF. He went on to join the BBC and was made Director-General in 1960. He died in 1987.

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"I fear England will be infested with alien agents who have learned their trade from this revealing and mischievous compilation" The Evening News (London) "[A] marvellous anthology of spy stories" -- Jeremy Lewis The Oldie "This charming 1957 curiosity, a compendium of espionage vignettes, will bring out the spy in everyone" Evening Standard