The Spy's Bedside Book

The Spy s Bedside Book A classic compendium of espionage stories penned by some of the greatest writers and most famous spies With a new introduction by Stella Rimington former head of MI The foxhunter the angler the cr

  • Title: The Spy's Bedside Book
  • Author: Graham Greene Hugh Greene
  • ISBN: 9780091920616
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A classic compendium of espionage stories penned by some of the greatest writers and most famous spies With a new introduction by Stella Rimington, former head of MI5.The foxhunter, the angler, the cricketer each has had his own bedside book Why not the spy First published in 1957, The Spy s Bedside Book provoked much interest and pleasure and, perhaps unsurprisingly,A classic compendium of espionage stories penned by some of the greatest writers and most famous spies With a new introduction by Stella Rimington, former head of MI5.The foxhunter, the angler, the cricketer each has had his own bedside book Why not the spy First published in 1957, The Spy s Bedside Book provoked much interest and pleasure and, perhaps unsurprisingly, a hundred copies were bought by East German Intelligence This classic anthology, beautifully repackaged as a small format hardback, will enthrall readers once again with its tales of espionage from a bygone era, while also revealing a secret or two, such as how to hide messages in a boiled egg and why you should always put pepper in your vodka when in Russia.Most of the great writers on spying and many practitioners are represented in these pages Sir Robert Baden Powell and Belle Boyd, Ian Fleming and John Buchan, Walter Schellenberg and Major Andre, Sir Paul Dukes and Vladimir Petrov and from the golden age of espionage, William Le Queux and E Phillips Oppenheim William Blake, D.H Lawrence and Thomas Mann, all suspected of espionage in three great wars, are some of the unexpected figures.

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    1. Graham Greene Hugh Greene

      Henry Graham Greene, OM, CH was an English novelist, short story writer, playwright, screenplay writer, travel writer and critic whose works explore the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world Greene combined serious literary acclaim with wide popularity.Although Greene objected strongly to being described as a Catholic novelist rather than as a novelist who happened to be Catholic, Catholic religious themes are at the root of much of his writing, especially the four major Catholic novels Brighton Rock, The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair, and The Power and the Glory Works such as The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana and The Human Factor also show an avid interest in the workings of international politics and espionage Excerpted from

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    1. This was a long read I guess because I had so many things going on and the fact it is a collection of very varying items.The book is from the Folio Society and I must admit they are beautiful books to hold and own but sometimes you do get to see a few imperfections (more on that later)The book is really a collection of articles, short stories and even excerpts from larger publications (for example from John Buchan to Ian Fleming). There is a real mix of subjects and stories here. The book is bro [...]


    2. The theater of absurd which some call life is on!An almost festively tongue in the cheek read. An excursion on the roundabouts of shadow affairs including the hazards, delights and perquisites of the profession. Q:Take Captain Cumming, the first head of MI6. He wore a gold-rimmed monocle, wrote only in green ink, and it is said, possibly apocryphally, that after he lost a leg in an accident he used to get round the corridors by putting his wooden one on a child’s scooter and propelling himself [...]


    3. Good cloak-and-dagger fun from Graham Greene and all his undercover friends. This is a delightful compilation of derring-do. My only complaint is that when the story or excerpt is good, you want more, much more. But then it wouldn't be as good a tour of all things nefarious.


    4. If you ever want to become a spy or a secret agent then boy, is this the book for you. Written by Graham Greene, a man who gained international renown as a writer and who also happens to have dabbled with espionage, and his brother Hugh, it’s also introduced by Stella Rimington, the former head of MI5. So convincing is it, in fact, that the anthology was originally bought in bulk by East German intelligence, and there’s also a form at the back offering trade prices to members of the secret s [...]


    5. An interesting rather than gripping anthology compiled by the brothers Graham and Hugh Greene. Sadly, from my point of view at least, most of the extracts dated from the First World War or earlier.The best piece, by a country mile, was I Spy Charlie Stowe by Graham Greene himself. It was very short and is a stand alone piece which would serve as an absorbing introduction to a novel. I found many comments about it online. Intriguing!David Lowther. Author of The Blue Pencil and Liberating Belsen. [...]


    6. An interesting assortment of short fiction and nonfiction compiled by noted, British author, Graham Greene and his brother. Some of the passages range from the tiny snippets of Le Queux's late 19th century serials, all the way to poetry on the betrayal committed by Benedict Arnold. With the exception of a few clunkers and a couple of confusing and out of context pieces, this collection was well worth the read for anyone interested in the subject of anachronistic spying techniques?


    7. A quick read, but really a jumble of short extracts rather than short stories, leaving very little to be enjoyed by each one. I read this on a trip because it's in my list of Greene books and was available as a kindle loan from a library, but had I realized what it was I probably would not have bothered.


    8. More vacation reading and very light. Mostly brief excerpts from pre-1960 spy novels and real-life spy chronicles. They share a kind of innocence about that trade that we lost after 1963, when The Spy Who Came in from the Cold appeared and destroyed any remaining illusions about the glamour of a trade plied in labyrinths of betrayal. A disappointment.


    9. I thought I was getting a book of short stories, but it's really a book of vignettes drawn from a large number of spy books, both fact and fiction. While amusing, it's not a great read.It is one of the most handsome books I own. It's beautifully put together, from the layouts to the binding. It's a pleasure to hold in one's hands.


    10. This was fun It is a collection of spy stories, both fiction and non, very much bent towards the first world War era. Some of the language, obviously, is old, but this is still a clever, fun book. Perfect for leaving on your bedside or by your favorite chair and reading a few stories here and there.


    11. This is a splendid bedside book. I haven't slept so well in years. Surprisingly short stories, some witty, only one frightening makes this book a perfect companion on the bedside. A bit out of fashion as modern spy stories are not in. Here we talk Kipling instead of le Carré


    12. An anthology through the beginnings of the spy thriller genre, with a few true stories thrown in. All of the stories are from before 1957, with most of them coming from before World War One. Accordingly, they can at times be a little slow to read for younger readers.


    13. This was an interesting blend of anecdotes offered by real-life spies about their experiences and snippets from different eras of spy novels about similar experiences. I liked that it was easy to pick up and read in short sittings, because that was really the amount of time I had to devote to it.


    14. If you didn't like it, read it again if you still don't like it, read it again. If at that point, you don't like it you're an idiot.





    15. I was hoping for short stories, but it's topical excerpts instead. The time period of these stories is neat, especially after just finishing a WWII spy book.


    16. Some great stories, but it was sometimes frustrating to only have tempting extracts of works I would very much have liked to read in their entirety.



    17. I had a difficult time getting into this bookd for the cost was certainly hoping it would have held together!I did like the spy tips it gave, but would have liked to see more of them.


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