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The Warm and Golden War

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At one time Sear was the number one photographer with the top magazines, but he'd lost his heart for the bloody upheavals and cataclysms of the big assignments.

Then a powerful and mysterious man, Roan, offers him a small fortune to cover the biggest story of the twentieth century - the secret exodus of 10,000 Hungarians across the communist border.

But it's not as simple as that.

Sear ends up running errands for Johnnie, his new boss. Errands such as collecting machine guns from airports whilst impersonating a charity worker...

Headed for Marienkreuz, the main Hungarian camp, he finds his driver, and new friend Lacey dead in an accident.

When he arrives he meets Anouchka, who's been at the camp since its beginning.

He's almost disappointed by the desolate landscape at the border, expecting something more impressive.

But when he spots the Russian guns, he realises the real danger...

Then they find out that someone has been tapping their calls...

As the raid approaches, tensions rise.

Will they make it across the border alive?

And who is it that's been tapping their calls?

Sear is out of his depth but desperate to survive...

'The Warm and Golden War' is a tense political thriller.

'Tense ... excellent' - The Guardian

Nicholas Luard was a writer and politician, but is perhaps best known for his activities in the early 1960s: co-founding The Establishment with Peter Cook and being one of the Lords Gnome of Private Eye. He was educated at Winchester College and Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he read English. A very short academic career was replaced by club management on the strength of a legacy. He then went into writing.

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1973 : UK Paperback

Title: The warm and golden war
Author(s): Nicholas Luard
ISBN: 0-450-01663-3 / 978-0-450-01663-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: New English Library
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July 1969 : UK Paperback

Title: Warm and Golden War
Author(s): Nicholas Luard
ISBN: 0-450-00341-8 / 978-0-450-00341-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: New English Library Ltd
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