MIKE RIPLEY    Book Number: 88784    Product format: Paperback

A tense, dramatic and thrilling story with lashings of suspense and mystery, less of a Whodunnit than a How can they survive this? There are wartime classics about the Arctic convoys like HMS Ulysses by Alistair MacLean or his South by Java Head with more skulduggery than actual World War Two combat. The austerity of the 1950s was swept away thanks to the rise of the thriller, by other such legendary authors as Ian Fleming with his James Bond creation sipping martinis in exotic casinos. The spread of eye-catching paperbacks encouraged new entrants into the field, from Len Deighton, John Le Carré and Desmond Bagley in the 60s, to Frederick Forsyth and Jack Higgins in the 70s ensuring that the British thriller now ruled the waves. Drawing upon conversations with many of the 150 authors mentioned in the book, award winning writer and critic Mike Ripley shows how British writers came to dominate the field of spy and adventure thrillers in his entertaining tour through this golden age. From Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed and with a foreword by Lee Child, a few notable South African writers are also included plus the many variations and imitators in between. Pop your big white cat on your lap, check the room for bugs and settle down to be entertained with a host of spies, secret agents, soldiers and their creators and publishers, power-mad villains, dictators, mad scientists and secret societies. 439pp in paperback, illus.
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ISBN 9780008172251
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