March 2013 Guest Editor Charles Cumming on The Ipcress File...
I love Deighton’s witty, ironic style, particularly in the Harry Palmer books, and wanted to capture some of that atmosphere in the early part of A Foreign Country. The chapter in which the reader first encounters Thomas Kell was heavily influenced by Ipcress, now of course better known as the classic 60s spy thriller starring Michael Caine.
The Ipcress File was not only Len Deighton's first novel, it was his first bestseller and the book that broke the mould of thriller writing. For the working class narrator, an apparently straightforward mission to find a missing biochemist becomes a journey to the heart of a dark and deadly conspiracy. The film of The Ipcress File gave Michael Caine one of his first and still most celebrated starring roles, while the novel itself has become a classic.
'A spy story with a difference.'
'A master of fictional espionage.'
'The poet of the spy story.'
'The Ipcress File helped change the shape of the espionage thriller...the prose is still as crisp and fresh as ever...there is an infectious energy about this book which makes it a joy to read, or re-read.'
'The self-conscious cool of Deighton's writing has dated in the best way possible...a stone-cold cold war classic.'
'Deighton is so far in the front of other writers in the field that they are not even in sight'
'Nobody now seriously doubts that Deighton is the most credible of all the spysmiths'
'Regarded as the cold war spy thriller that made all subsequent examples of the genre possible...however much of a classic the film is, the book is a completely different proposition. It's more intricate and far superior...a must for anyone who likes this kind of fiction.'
Publication date: 30/09/1968
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||30th September 1968|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
Born in London, Len Deighton served in the RAF before graduating from the Royal College of Art (which recently elected him a Senior Fellow). While in New York City working as a magazine illustrator he began writing his first novel, 'The Ipcress File', which was published in 1962. He is now the author of more than thirty books of fiction and non-fiction. At present living in Europe, he has, over the years, lived with his family in ten different countries from Austria to Portugal.More About Len Deighton