Len Deighton: James Bond: My Long and Eventful Search for His Father

Len DeightonLen Deighton is a military historian, cookery writer and novelist. Born in 1929, he did National Service in the RAF as a photographer attached to the Special Investigation Branch. Deighton is most famous for his first book, The Ipcress File, a spy novel that was made into a film starring Michael Caine. Later, the BBC adapted Bomber into a day-long radio drama told in real time.

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Kindle Single: Fiction It's 1918, and as the Great War comes to an end Mary wonders if she will ever see her soldier husband Eli again. Living with her mother and young daughter in an impoverished industrial town, she is finding it virtually impossible to make ends meet. Then Eli reappears, with dramatic consequences for them all. A powerful story of enduring love in the grim aftermath of war.
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Kindle Single: Page-turning Narratives The British writer Tibor Fischer (the son of Hungarian refugees) looks with a penetrating eye at life in post-Communist Hungary. He explains why this relatively unknown country – "On April 6, 2014, Hungary held an election. You probably didn't care"--and its popular Prime Minister Viktor Orbán could become the fulcrum for the future of Eastern Europe.
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Kindle Single: Reporting Queen Elizabeth the Second has millions of subjects – and over a thousand employees. From explaining how to get hired by Buckingham Palace (and what you'll get paid), to examining the upstairs/downstairs divide among the staff, a leading authority on the Royal Household provides a revealing account of working for Her Majesty.
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Kindle Single: History Summer 1945. With Germany defeated, the Allies turned their full attention to the remaining enemy, Japan. The United States now had a secret weapon – the Atomic bomb. A committee of American scientists, military brass and civil servants convened to decide how to use this weapon of unprecedented destructive power. A riveting account of the choices made that changed the world.
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Kindle Single: Society Described as 'the best living interviewer', the British writer Duncan Fallowell has conducted interviews with almost everyone of note--from Andy Warhol to Mick Jagger, Sophia Loren to Graham Greene. In an account full of spicy anecdote and penetrating insight, he recalls his contributions to this fascinating journalistic genre
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Kindle Single: Essays & Ideas The novelist and essayist Percy Kemp updates Machievelli’s classic with a penetrating argument that is entirely his own. Where his famous predecessor instructed leaders how to outmanoeuvre opponents, Kemp explains that the greatest challenge for any modern ruler comes from the accelerating pace of unforeseen events. An eloquent, erudite, and compelling treatise on the use of power.
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Kindle Single: Humour The English may outnumber the Scots by 10:1, but the Scots have always held their own with their neighbours. Susan Morrison traces the long history of a relationship that's sometimes friendly, often hostile, and always competitive. A wonderfully informative and highly entertaining read about one of the world's great rivalries.
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Kindle Single: The World Stage As the Rwandan genocide of 1994 began, thousands of its Tutsi victims ran for protection to the Catholic Church, only to find no refuge there – just indifference or, appallingly, active collusion with the murdering forces. Chris McGreal reports on the Church’s complicity in one of the worst atrocities of our age.
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Kindle Single: Profiles Adolph Hitler will always be associated with the tragedies of the Second World War, but the seeds of his destructive powers were sown years before. Paul Ham examines the early life of Nazi Germany's leader--from his troubled boyhood to his experiences as a dispatch runner in the First World War. A fascinating account, highly recommended.
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