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Lionel Davidson - Author

About the Author

Lionel Davidson was born in 1922 in Hull, Yorkshire. He left school early and worked as a reporter before serving in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. His first novel, The Night of Wenceslas, was published in 1960 to great critical acclaim and drew comparisons to Graham Greene and John le Carre. It was followed by The Rose of Tibet (1962), A Long Way to Shiloh (1966), The Chelsea Murders (1978) and Kolymsky Heights (1994). He was thrice the recipient of the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award and, in 2001, was awarded the CWA's Cartier Diamond Dagger lifetime achievement award. He died in 2009.

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A Long Way to Shiloh

A Long Way to Shiloh

Author: Lionel Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

The no. 1 bestseller from the author of Kolymsky Heights 'As significant as . . . le Carre in bringing a gritty new realism to the thriller.' Sunday Telegraph An ancient scroll has been discovered in Israel. Caspar Laing, a young and brilliant professor, is asked to decipher it. It contains the directions to the secret location of a priceless artefact. As he makes the treacherous journey into the desert, he is joined by dangerous rivals determined to claim the prize. He must win the race at all costs. 'Ceaselessly gripping . . . A joy to devour.' The Times 'Brilliantly entertaining.' Sunday Express

Long Way to Shiloh

Long Way to Shiloh

Author: Lionel Davidson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2016

Casper Laing, the young, fiery and brilliant Professor of Semitic Languages, is asked to decipher an ancient parchment found in Israel. Piecing together its mysterious fragments, his translation soon reveals directions to a shrouded location. Believed to be the secret hiding place of the True Menorah, an ancient and priceless Jewish candelabrum, the Jordanians and Israelis begin a frantic race to claim the prize. Surrounded by violent and treacherous rivals, Casper is enjoined on a deadly adventure deep into the burning Negev desert.A Long Way to Shiloh (1966), Lionel Davidson's third novel, was a Book Society Choice and won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award as well as the Crime Critics' Award for Best Thriller of the Year. Published in the USA as The Menorah Men, it was a no. 1 bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic. It further cemented his reputation as one of the pre-eminent genre writers of his generation, and was described by the Guardian as 'first-rate' and by the New York Times as 'a supple delight in which learning, wit and style are beautifully integrated.'

The Night of Wenceslas

The Night of Wenceslas

Author: Lionel Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2016

The award-winning debut thriller from the bestselling author of Kolymsky Heights 'Quite simply the best thriller writer around.' Spectator Nicolas Whistler is young, bored and in debt. When an opportunity to make some money arises, he can't turn it down. He is sent to Prague to carry out a simple assignment, but he soon finds himself trapped between the secret police and the clutches of the mysterious Vlasta. Whether he likes it or not, Nicolas is now a spy. 'Fast-moving, exciting, often extraordinarily funny.' Sunday Times 'Brilliant. Don't miss it.' Observer

Night of Wenceslas

Night of Wenceslas

Author: Lionel Davidson Format: eBook Release Date: 05/07/2016

The award-winning debut thriller from the bestselling author of Kolymsky Heights'Quite simply the best thriller writer around.' SpectatorNicolas Whistler is young, bored and in debt. When an opportunity to make some money arises, he can't turn it down. He is sent to Prague to carry out a simple assignment, but he soon finds himself trapped between the secret police and the clutches of the mysterious Vlasta. Whether he likes it or not, Nicolas is now a spy.'Fast-moving, exciting, often extraordinarily funny.' Sunday Times'Brilliant. Don't miss it.' Observer

Under Plum Lake

Under Plum Lake

Author: Lionel Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2011

UNDER PLUM LAKE is a kid's book that also wowed the adults that read it. Right from the opening lines the reader is drifted into a world suffused with poignant melancholy and a sense of loss. LIONEL DAVIDSON (1922-2009) was much admired bu his fellow writers - Graham Greene, Rebecca West, Frederic Forsyth and Philip Pulman among them. He wrote eight adult novels, winning the Gold Dagger award for crime thrillers an unprecedented three times.He also wrote children's books under the name of David Line. But the eerily evocative UNDER PLUM LAKE stands alone. A genuine one-off. Originally published in 1980 this is a new edition from Reinkarnation.

Making Good Again

Making Good Again

Author: Lionel Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2008

Making Good Again, first published in 1968, was Lionel Davidson's fourth novel. The principal character, James Raison, is a lawyer. In Germany to deal with a claim for reparation he is plunged into the old conflict between Jew and Nazi. His trip becomes more dangerous as the legal aspects of the case become more complicated. At the same time he has to cope with his affair with Elke and his fascination for her fascist mother, Magda. As with all Lionel Davidson's novels it was showered with praise on publication. The Sunday Times called it 'a classical thriller told with much subtlety' and the Evening Standard 'part thriller, part morality - and doubly successful'.

The Chelsea Murders

The Chelsea Murders

Author: Lionel Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2008

The Chelsea Murders (1978) was Lionel Davidson's seventh novel, earning him the Crime Writer's Association Gold Dagger Award and prompting the Daily Telegraph to declare, 'Lionel Davidson is one of the best and most versatile thriller writers we have.' A terrifying, grotesque figure bursts into a young art student's room. Head covered with a clown's wig, face concealed by a smiling mask, it wears the rubber gloves of a surgeon. The girl is seized, chloroformed, suffocated and - horrifyingly - beheaded. This is only the beginning of a series of murders terrorising London's fashionable bohemia. The police target three avant-garde filmmakers. One of them is mocking the other two, and openly taunting the police as well. But which of them is behind these appalling crimes? Fast paced, terrifying and gripping, this is a page-turning thriller from a master.

Smith's Gazelle

Smith's Gazelle

Author: Lionel Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2008

'Beautiful, lyrical, sensitive and meaningful . . . It deserves to be read and re-read.' Los Angeles Times Two deadly enemies - a young Arab rebel and a Jewish runaway - meet in a remote valley to begin a quest. Both have been taught since infancy to hate; to attack for self-defence. But something incredible is happening to them, something that not even the fierce shelling of the Six-Day War can intrude upon. For they are on a fantastic mission, a mission both believe has been set for them by God . . . Gripping, exciting and incredibly poignant, Smith's Gazelle is an intriguing thriller from a master of the genre.

The Sun Chemist

The Sun Chemist

Author: Lionel Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2008

'Beyond question the book of the year.' Spectator Chaim Weizmann was a great man, one of the founders of modern Israel. He was also a chemist of international repute. His work in the thirties led him to a cheap way of synthesising oil. But politics took over and it seemed Weizmann had died without passing on his revolutionary knowledge. In the oil-starved seventies, it falls to Igor Druyanov to reconstruct that magic formula. And the chase is on, for the news will overturn the Middle East . . . Tense, intelligent and stylish, The Sun Chemist is gripping spy thriller from a true master of the genre.

The Rose of Tibet

The Rose of Tibet

Author: Lionel Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2008

The Rose of Tibet (1962) was Lionel Davidson's second novel, an extraordinary and thrilling tale of a haunted land which prompted Graham Greene to remark: 'I hadn't realised how much I had missed the genuine adventure story until I read The Rose of Tibet.' Its combination of adventure and travelogue serves further proof of Davidson's great variety as a writer. Daphne du Maurier thought it offered 'all the excitement of King Solomon's Mines.' Hugh Whittington has gone missing - reported dead while filming near Mount Everest. Determined to find him, his brother Charles embarks on a perilous and illegal journey from India into the forbidden land of Tibet, all the way to the monastery of Yamdring. There awaits a woman with a deadly and ghostly secret, an emerald treasure to guard and the invading Chinese Red Army.

A Long Way to Shiloh

A Long Way to Shiloh

Author: Lionel Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2008

Casper Laing, the young, fiery and brilliant Professor of Semitic Languages, is asked to decipher an ancient parchment found in Israel. Piecing together its mysterious fragments, his translation soon reveals directions to a shrouded location. Believed to be the secret hiding place of the True Menorah, an ancient and priceless Jewish candelabrum, the Jordanians and Israelis begin a frantic race to claim the prize. Surrounded by violent and treacherous rivals, Casper is enjoined on a deadly adventure deep into the burning Negev desert. A Long Way to Shiloh (1966), Lionel Davidson's third novel, was a Book Society Choice and won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award as well as the Crime Critics' Award for Best Thriller of the Year. Published in the USA as The Menorah Men, it was a no. 1 bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic. It further cemented his reputation as one of the pre-eminent genre writers of his generation, and was described by the Guardian as 'first-rate' and by the New York Times as 'a supple delight in which learning, wit and style are beautifully integrated.'

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