The Spy's Bedside Book

The Spy's Bedside Book

by Graham Greene (Author), Graham Greene (Author), Hugh Greene (Author)


On its first appearance in 1957, Hugh and Graham Greene's "The Spy's Bedside Book" provoked a storm of interest, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, 100 copies were bought by East German Intelligence. This classic anthology, with a new introduction by the former head of MI5, Stella Rimington, includes stories by some of the great writers on spying and many practitioners, including Ian Fleming and John Buchan, Sir Robert Baden-Powell and Belle Boyd, Walter Schellenberg and Major Andre, Sir Paul Dukes and Vladimir Petrov, and from the golden age of mystery and suspense, William Le Queux and E. Phillips Oppenheim. There are also some unexpected figures: William Blake, D.H. Lawrence and Thomas Mann, all suspected of spying in three great wars. How can you hide messages in a boiled egg? Why should you always put pepper in your vodka when in Russia? Answers to these questions and much more can be found in this thrilling collection, which will enthrall readers once again with its tales of espionage from a bygone era.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
Publisher: Arrow
Published: 02 Oct 2008

ISBN 10: 0099519607
ISBN 13: 9780099519607
Book Overview: A classic compendium of espionage stories - fiction, memoir and autobiography - from the pens of some of the greatest writers and most famous spies. With an introduction by Stella Rimington, former head of MI5

Media Reviews
I fear England will be infested with alien agents who have learned their trade from this revealing and mischievous compilation * The Evening News (London) *
[A] marvellous anthology of spy stories -- Jeremy Lewis * The Oldie *
This charming 1957 curiosity, a compendium of espionage vignettes, will bring out the spy in everyone * Evening Standard *
Author Bio
Graham Greene (Author) Graham Greene was born in 1904. He worked as a journalist and critic, and in 1940 became literary editor of the Spectator. He was later employed by the Foreign Office. As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, three books of autobiography, two of biography and four books for children. He also wrote hundreds of essays, and film and book reviews. Graham Greene was a member of the Order of Merit and a Companion of Honour. He died in April 1991.Hugh Greene (Author) Graham Greene was born in 1904. While at Balliol College, Oxford he published his first book of verse. He continued to write throughout his lifetime, and served with the Secret Intelligence Service during the Second World War. He died in 1991. Hugh Greene was born in 1910. He came to prominence as a journalist when he became a chief correspondent in Nazi Berlin. During the Second World War he served in the RAF. He went on to join the BBC and was made Director-General in 1960. He died in 1987.