Ashenden (Paperback)W. Somerset Maugham (author)
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Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 245 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm
The first spy story written by someone who had been there and done that. A humane and compassionate antidote to two-fisted, square-jawed heroes battling dastardly foreigners. The head of British Intelligence is known only as "R", anticipating James Bond's "M" by a quarter of a century * The Times *
Thoughtful spy novels began with Somerset Maugham's Ashenden, featuring a detached hero on a journey to disillusion, a process brought to its apotheosis by le Carre via Greene * Daily Telegraph *
A collection of stories so accurate that Churchill ordered the destruction of 14 of them, while Russian intelligence immediately set up a special unit to read British spy novels for clues * New Statesman *
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