Fiction about spies and spying - a genre of which British writers have generally been the most successful exponents - is a phenomenon which truly began in the twentieth century. Although Dickens's "A Tale of Two Cities" could qualify as spy fiction, it is really with "The Riddle of the Sands" by Erskine Childers that the genre really begins. Since then it has been dominated by writers of varying quality such as John Buchan, Ian Fleming, John Le Carre, and Len Deighton. In this gripping account, John Atkins examines the subject matter of spy fiction and the authors behind it, many of whom worked directly for the British Secret Service. Often life turns out to more incredible than fiction and this is especially true of a form of literature which must feel authentic and credible to the reader. "The British Spy Novel" should remain a standard guide to one of the most fascinating and popular categories of modern writing for years to come.
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The author of many literary biographies and the multi-volume Sex in Literature series, John Atkins (1916-2009) was also a poet, playwright and the literary editor of the Tribune.
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Descrizione libro Calder Publications, 2010. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110714540560
Descrizione libro Calder Publications, 2010. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0714540560