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Len Deighton


(Leonard Cyril Deighton)
UK flag (b.1929)

Len Deighton was born in London in 1929. He worked as a railway clerk before doing his National Service as a photographer attached to the Special Investigation Branch. After his discharge in 1949, he went to art school- first to the St Martin's School of Art, and then to the Royal College of Art on a Scholarship. It was a while working as a waiter in the evenings that he developed an interest in cookery - a subject he was later to make his own in an animated strip for the Observer and in two cookery books. He worked for a while as an illustrator in New York and as art director of an advertising agency in London.

Deciding it was time to settle down, Deighton moved to the Dordogne where he started work on his first book, The Ipcress file. Published in 1962, the book was an immediate and spectacular succes.
 

Genres: Thriller
 
Series
Harry Palmer
   1. The Ipcress File (1962)
   2. Horse Under Water (1963)
   3. Funeral in Berlin (1964)
   4. The Billion Dollar Brain (1966)
   5. An Expensive Place to Die (1967)
   6. Spy Story (1974)
   7. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Spy (1976)
     aka Catch a Falling Spy
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Bernard Samson
   0. Winter (1987)
   1. Berlin Game (1983)
   2. Mexico Set (1984)
   3. London Match (1985)
   4. Spy Hook (1988)
   5. Spy Line (1989)
   6. Spy Sinker (1990)
   7. Faith (1994)
   8. Hope (1995)
   9. Charity (1996)
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Novels
   Only When I Larf (1967)
     aka Only When I Laugh
   Bomber (1970)
   Close Up (1972)
   Yesterday's Spy (1975)
   SS-GB (1978)
   XPD (1981)
   Goodbye Mickey Mouse (1982)
   MAMista (1991)
   City of Gold (1992)
   Violent Ward (1993)
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Collections
   Declarations of War (1971)
   Favourite Spy Stories (1981) (with others)
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Novellas and Short Stories
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Non fiction
   Action Cook Book (1965)
     aka Cookstrip Cookbook
   Basic French Cooking (1965)
     aka Ou est le Garlic?
   Fighter (1977)
   Airship Wreck (1979) (with Arnold Schwartzman)
   Blitzkrieg (1979)
   Battle of Britain (1980)
   ABC of French Food (1989)
   Blood, Tears and Folly (1993)
   Len Deighton's French Cooking for Men (2010)
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Len Deighton recommends
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Day of Absolution (2000)
John Gardner
"Gardner is a master storyteller."
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Things Invisible (1989)
(Nebraska Mystery, book 4)
William J Reynolds
"An exciting new mystery talent."
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It (1983)
(Presidential, book 3)
Raymond Hawkey
"Unputdownable."

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Anthologies containing stories by Len Deighton
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Motives for Murder (2016)
A Celebration of Peter Lovesey on His 80th Birthday
edited by
Martin Edwards
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The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries (2008)
(The Mammoth Book of ...)
edited by
Maxim Jakubowski

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