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Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to the Eagle Has Landed

Tuesday 22nd August 2017
18:30 at Waterstones, London - Gower Street

Join award-winning crime writer Mike Ripley and Telegraph crime and thriller critic Jake Kerridge, as they explore the history of British thrillers fromthe austere 1950s through the boom time of the Swinging Sixties and early 1970s.

When Ian Fleming dismissed his books in a 1956 letter to Raymond Chandler as straight pillow fantasies of the bang-bang, kiss-kiss variety’ he was being typically immodest. In three short years, his James Bond novels were already spearheading a boom in thriller fiction that would dominate the bestseller lists, not just in Britain, but internationally.


The decade following World War II had seen Britain lose an Empire, demoted in terms of global power and status and economically crippled by debt; yet its fictional spies, secret agents, soldiers, sailors and even (occasionally) journalists were now saving the world on a regular basis.

 

Grab a glass of wine and settle in for an entertaining evening in celebration of British Spy Fiction’s golden era from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed!


ALL TICKETS INCLUDE WINE AND ARE REDEEMABLE AGAINST BOOKS PURCHASED ON THE NIGHT. BUY TICKETS ONLINE, IN STORE OR BY PHONING 020 7636 1577.

London - Gower Street Waterstones, London - Gower Street
Tuesday 22nd August 2017
18:30

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