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Drink to Yesterday

(1940)
(The first book in the Tommy Hambledon series)
A novel by

 
When Drink to Yesterday first appeared in Britain in 1940 and in the U.S. in 1941, it was immediately heralded as a departure from the fanciful spy-and-intrigue novels that preceded it. Gone were complicated passwords, deadly dames in black velvet, and dashing aristocratic secret agents. Here, instead, was what Howard Haycraft, the genre's first historian, termed "a mood of subtle understatement," calling Drink to Yesterday and its immediate sequel, A Toast to Tomorrow, "superior" examples of this revamped genre. Drink to Yesterday was based on the early life of one of its two collaborators, Cyril Henry Coles, who left school, lied about his age and enlisted as a teenager in the British army during World War I. He was transferred to intelligence when his remarkable aptitude for conversational German was noticed, and he became the youngest member of Britain's Foreign Intelligence Office (later MI6). Like Bill Saunders of the book, Coles spent much of the rest of war working behind enemy lines. Coles and his collaborator, a Hampshire neighbor, Adelaide Oke Manning, chose to cast his story in the form of the novel so as not to run afoul of the Official Secrets Act. Grimmer than later books in the series, it's also an ingenious circular story of murder, enlivened by the sardonic humor of Bill's mentor, Tommy Hambledon.

 
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Hardback Editions

October 2013 : USA Hardback
Title: Drink to Yesterday
Author(s): Manning Coles
ISBN: 1-258-85561-5 / 978-1-258-85561-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Literary Licensing, LLC
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September 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: Drink to Yesterday
Author(s): Manning Coles
ISBN: 1-163-20443-9 / 978-1-163-20443-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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May 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: Drink to Yesterday
Author(s): Manning Coles
ISBN: 1-4326-0867-3 / 978-1-4326-0867-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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July 1973 : UK Hardback
Title: Drink to Yesterday
Author(s): Manning Coles
ISBN: 0-340-17284-3 / 978-0-340-17284-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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November 1967 : USA Hardback
Title: Drink to Yesterday
Author(s): Manning Coles
ISBN: 0-393-08550-3 / 978-0-393-08550-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
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Paperback Editions

October 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: Drink to Yesterday
Author(s): Manning Coles
ISBN: 1-4940-6926-1 / 978-1-4940-6926-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Literary Licensing, LLC
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Drink to Yesterday
Author(s): Manning Coles
ISBN: 1-162-78518-7 / 978-1-162-78518-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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January 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: Drink to Yesterday (Rue Morgue Vintage Mysteries)
Author(s): Manning Coles
ISBN: 1-60187-014-0 / 978-1-60187-014-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Rue Morgue Press
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May 2005 : USA Paperback
Title: Drink to Yesterday
Author(s): Manning Coles
ISBN: 1-4179-8859-2 / 978-1-4179-8859-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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July 1984 : UK Paperback
Title: Drink to Yesterday (Classic Thrillers)
Author(s): Manning Coles
ISBN: 0-460-02284-9 / 978-0-460-02284-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd
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