Novelist Len Deighton talks to Patrick Humphries about his life and writing career, which began with the publication of his spy novel The Ipcress File in 1962.
Deighton has written cookery books and Second World War histories, as well as turning his hand to book illustration and film production. But he is best known for his influential spy novels, including Funeral in Berlin and Billion Dollar Brain.
Deighton fan Henrietta Green talks about the writer's Action Cook Book, and Deighton biographer Edward Milward-Oliver and historian Sir Max Hastings discuss Deighton's acclaimed non-fiction work, such as Fighter and Blitzkrieg.
As spies go, James Bond was a bit posh for some tastes, with all his shaken-not-stirred cocktails and hanging around the Monte Carlo casinos. Much more a spy of the people was the hero of Len Deighton novels such as The Ipcress File; cool enough for the swingin' decade in which he was created, but ordinary enough to relate to. Here Patrick Humphries chats to the normally publicity-shy Deighton about his work. Before writing the espionage novels and military history books for which he is famous, Deighton worked as a book illustrator. An expert on food, he also wrote a cookery column for The Observer at a time when most men wouldn't go near a kitchen-especially not James Bond.
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