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Mike Ripley - Author

About the Author

Mike Ripley was born in 1952. As well as being a noted critic and Lecturer in Crime Writing, he is the author of the 'Angel' series of crime novels, for which he has twice been the recipient of a Crime Writers' Association Award. Working with the Margery Allingham Society, he completed the Albert Campion novel left unfinished, Mr Campion's Farewell, and has written further continuation novels in the series.

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Mr Campion's Farewell

Mr Campion's Farewell

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2019

A Margery Allingham Campion mystery Strange things happen in the picture-postcard English village of Lindsay Carfax. When a young man falls into a quarry, it takes nine days to find the body. When rowdy hippies descend on the village, they're given nine days to leave. When an outspoken schoolmaster is kidnapped for nine days, he stays eerily quiet after his release. Now Albert Campion has come to town - and he means to investigate all this strangeness. But whoever is behind the unusual goings-on quickly makes it very clear that his nosing around is not welcome. Undeterred by threats, Campion is determined to expose the criminal masterminds hiding in this sleepy village.

Mr Campion's War

Mr Campion's War

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2019

Mr Campion's Visit

Mr Campion's Visit

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/06/2019

Mr Campion's War

Mr Campion's War

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2019

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to the Eagle Has Landed

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to the Eagle Has Landed

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/03/2019

WINNER OF THE HRF KEATING AWARD FOR BEST NON-FICTION CRIME BOOK 2018 An entertaining history of British thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed, in which award-winning crime writer Mike Ripley reveals that, though Britain may have lost an empire, her thrillers helped save the world. With a foreword by Lee Child. When Ian Fleming dismissed his books in a 1956 letter to Raymond Chandler as `straight pillow fantasies of the bang-bang, kiss-kiss variety' he was being typically immodest. In three short years, his James Bond novels were already spearheading a boom in thriller fiction that would dominate the bestseller lists, not just in Britain, but internationally. The decade following World War II had seen Britain lose an Empire, demoted in terms of global power and status and economically crippled by debt; yet its fictional spies, secret agents, soldiers, sailors and even (occasionally) journalists were now saving the world on a regular basis. From Ian Fleming and Alistair MacLean in the 1950s through Desmond Bagley, Dick Francis, Len Deighton and John Le Carre in the 1960s, to Frederick Forsyth and Jack Higgins in the 1970s. Many have been labelled `boys' books' written by men who probably never grew up but, as award-winning writer and critic Mike Ripley recounts, the thrillers of this period provided the reader with thrills, adventure and escapism, usually in exotic settings, or as today's leading thriller writer Lee Child puts it in his Foreword: `the thrill of immersion in a fast and gaudy world.' In Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Ripley examines the rise of the thriller from the austere 1950s through the boom time of the Swinging Sixties and early 1970s, examining some 150 British authors (plus a few notable South Africans). Drawing upon conversations with many of the authors mentioned in the book, he shows how British writers, working very much in the shadow of World War II, came to dominate the field of adventure thrillers and the two types of spy story - spy fantasy (as epitomised by Ian Fleming's James Bond) and the more realistic spy fiction created by Deighton, Le Carre and Ted Allbeury, plus the many variations (and imitators) in between.

Dreamrail Connected Short Stories

Dreamrail Connected Short Stories

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2018

Mr Campion's War

Mr Campion's War

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/08/2018

Mr Campion's Abdication

Mr Campion's Abdication

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2018

Mr Campion's Abdication

Mr Campion's Abdication

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2018

Just Another Angel

Just Another Angel

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2017

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Author: Mike Ripley Format: eBook Release Date: 18/05/2017

An entertaining history of British thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed, in which award-winning crime writer Mike Ripley reveals that, though Britain may have lost an empire, her thrillers helped save the world. With a foreword by Lee Child. When Ian Fleming dismissed his books in a 1956 letter to Raymond Chandler as 'straight pillow fantasies of the bang-bang, kiss-kiss variety' he was being typically immodest. In three short years, his James Bond novels were already spearheading a boom in thriller fiction that would dominate the bestseller lists, not just in Britain, but internationally. The decade following World War II had seen Britain lose an Empire, demoted in terms of global power and status and economically crippled by debt; yet its fictional spies, secret agents, soldiers, sailors and even (occasionally) journalists were now saving the world on a regular basis. From Ian Fleming and Alistair MacLean in the 1950s through Desmond Bagley, Dick Francis, Len Deighton and John Le Carre in the 1960s, to Frederick Forsyth and Jack Higgins in the 1970s. Many have been labelled 'boys' books' written by men who probably never grew up but, as award-winning writer and critic Mike Ripley recounts, the thrillers of this period provided the reader with thrills, adventure and escapism, usually in exotic settings, or as today's leading thriller writer Lee Child puts it in his Foreword: 'the thrill of immersion in a fast and gaudy world.'In Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Ripley examines the rise of the thriller from the austere 1950s through the boom time of the Swinging Sixties and early 1970s, examining some 150 British authors (plus a few notable South Africans). Drawing upon conversations with many of the authors mentioned in the book, he shows how British writers, working very much in the shadow of World War II, came to dominate the field of adventure thrillers and the two types of spy story - spy fantasy (as epitomised by Ian Fleming's James Bond) and the more realistic spy fiction created by Deighton, Le Carre and Ted Allbeury, plus the many variations (and imitators) in between.

Mr Campion's Fault Margery Allingham's Albert Campion's new mystery

Mr Campion's Fault Margery Allingham's Albert Campion's new mystery

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/01/2017

Mr Campion's Fox A Brand-New Albert Campion Mystery Written by Mike Ripley

Mr Campion's Fox A Brand-New Albert Campion Mystery Written by Mike Ripley

Author: Mike Ripley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2015

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