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As Time Goes By Paperback – 6 Jul 1995

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  • Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet; New Ed edition (6 July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340628685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340628683
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,066,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ted Allbeury was an ex-MI6 Colonel, who became a best-selling thriller author. Len Deighton described Allbeury as 'Truly a classic writer of espionage fiction.' Desmond Bagley said of one of his books: 'The best novel of espionage I have ever read.'

Allbeury's thrillers are tense and realistic; he wrote with economy and a fine sense of drama. Several titles have been optioned for film and television. He also developed into a successful script-writer and short-story writer, and adapted three novels for BBC radio drama serials.

One novel (NO PLACE TO HIDE) was televised in 1992 and reprinted by Severn House in 2003 under the new title HOSTAGE, and a film based on an Allbeury character was made starring Michael Caine, released under the title BLUE ICE in 1992.

All 41 novels, and his volume of short stories, are now available from Mulholland Books.

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About the Author

Ted Allbeury was a lieutenant-colonel in the Intelligence Corps during World War II, and later a successful executive in the fields of marketing, advertising and radio. He began his writing career in the early 1970s and became well known for his espionage novels, but also published one highly-praised general novel, THE CHOICE, and a short story collection, OTHER KINDS OF TREASON. His novels have been published in twenty-three languages, including Russian. He died on 4th December 2005. For more information visit

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Weston on 31 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
I actually listened to this book on audiobook. It is not the typical book I would read but since I was planning to listen to it in conjunction with my boyfriend I picked 'a war book' anyway. Yet I enjoyed it immensely and it has remained with us since; every so often it will come up in conversation and that surely is the sign of a good book. The thing that has stuck with me most about the book was the author's note that he wrote this book because he wanted to write a book specifically about the women in the SOE. He felt that their greatest battle was yet to come and that, after the war, it was very difficult for them to go back to their ordinary lives in that particular era. There was a very high rate of suicide in women operatives after the war.

The story is of a group of British SOE agents who are sent into France to aide the Resistance and their adventures there. Whilst a straightforward sort of spy story it captures well the atmosphere and risks of the time and how terribly brave these people were. Read in conjunction with the knowledge of why the author wrote the book and what was to come for these women it presents a moving portrait of people who risked all so that we could remain free. I would recommend it to anyone since I had no particular interest in the subject previously and enjoyed it nevertheless.

If you have the interest subsequent to this there is a small museum to the SOE at Beaulieu Castle which is worth visiting.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Thomas on 4 Oct. 2013
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This is a book about three women who parachute into the french countryside to organise the french resistance in their struggle with the enemy
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