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  • Published: 29 April 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241525173
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download

The IPCRESS File




Len Deighton's best-selling first spy novel which revolutionised the genre, now published in Penguin Classics for the first time

A high-ranking scientist has been kidnapped. A secret British intelligence agency must find out why. But as the quarry is pursued from grimy Soho to the other side of the world, what seemed a straightforward mission turns into something far more sinister. With its sardonic, cool, working-class hero, Len Deighton's sensational debut The IPCRESS File rewrote the spy thriller and became the defining novel of 1960's London.

  • Published: 29 April 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241525173
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download

About the author

Len Deighton

Len Deighton is the author of over thirty bestsellers of carefully researched fiction and non-fiction. His history writing was encouraged by A. J. P. Taylor and his books are noted for the picture they provide of the German side of the fighting as well as that of the Allies. His books include Fighter: The True Story of the Battle of Britain and Blood, Tears and Folly: An Objective Look at World War II, both published by Pimlico.

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Praise for The IPCRESS File

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.

Daily Telegraph

The self-conscious cool of Deighton's writing has dated in the best way possible ... stone-cold Cold War classic.

Toby Litt, The Guardian

To read it today is like taking a ride in a time machine, so accurate and astute are its evocations of its era ... Deighton knows how to pinch the ephemera that stick in our souls ... Never not a joy to read. It is also a book that changed the way we see the world.

Peter Millar, The Times

A dazzling performance. The verve and energy, the rattle of wit in the dialogue, the side-of-the-mouth comments, the evident pleasure taken in cocking a snook at the British spy story's upper-middle-class tradition - all these made it clear that a writer of remarkable talent in this field had appeared.

Julian Symons, New York Times Book Review

A wonderful mixture of the exciting and the amusingly humdrum ... James Bond may be thinner, but so is his dialogue.

Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph

They don't, as they say, write them like this anymore. You will be entertained, informed, thrilled and dazzled. Long may he, and his creations, live on.

Jeremy Duns, The Guardian

Len Deighton's spy novels are so good they make me sad the Cold War is over.

Malcolm Gladwell

Deighton's fiction has stood the test of time. His habitually acerbic narrative voice still has much to say to contemporary readers ... Now a fresh generation have the chance to sample Deighton's wares as Penguin republishes many of his books.

Vanessa Thorpe, The Observer

Deighton is a fearless observer of the deceptive human world.

John Gray, New Statesman

The IPCRESS File has lost none of its nerve-tingling fascination ... [and] the pleasure of engaging with a master of his craft.

Barry Turner, Daily Mail

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