Spy Limericks – Smiley

Always searching for ways to lighten the mood, I'm posting the occasional limerick on le Carré's and other spy characters. Got a good one? Post it in the comments below!  Smiley There once was a man from Bywater, Sarrett was what he called his alma mater. His wife was unfaithful But her opinion distainful On Heinrich …

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The Spybrary podcast

One of the best things in the past year has been the appearance of the Spybrary podcast. Spybrary is run by Shane Whaley, an avid spy fan who wanted to create something that gave people a place to learn more about spy fiction and create a community of spy fans. The podcast has consisted of …

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Broken Covers – Desmond Bagley

Publishers are always looking to refresh the backlist of authors and sell more copies. In the 70's the beautiful painted book covers went out of fashion and photo covers came into vogue. The UK publisher Fontana had paperback rights to many of the well known thriller writers of the time like Desmond Bagley, Alistair MacLean, …

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Interview with Toby Manning on John le Carré and the Cold War – Part Two

We conclude our interview with Toby Manning on his book John le Carré and the Cold War. Find part one here. When you’re done reading my interview listen to the Spybrary podcast interview with Toby Manning. Spy Write: It seems that le Carré's post-Cold War work may have been what muddied the waters regarding the “otherness” …

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Interview with Toby Manning on John le Carré and the Cold War – Part One

I am please to welcome Dr. Toby Manning to the site. He's agreed to talk about his just released book John le Carré and the Cold War.  If the book is anything like some of Dr. Manning's previously released papers on le Carré, it will make for thoughtful reading and have you pulling le Carré's …

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Broken Covers – Alistair MacLean

Publishers are always looking to refresh the backlist of authors and sell more copies. In the 70's the beautiful painted book covers went out of fashion and photo covers came into vogue. The UK publisher Fontana had paperback rights to many of the well known thriller writers of the time like Desmond Bagley, Alistair MacLean, …

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Broken Covers – Eric Ambler

Publishers are always looking to refresh the backlist of authors and sell more copies. In the 70's the beautiful painted book covers went out of fashion and photo covers came into vogue. The UK publisher Fontana had paperback rights to many of the well known thriller writers of the time like Desmond Bagley, Alastair Maclean, …

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