A classic compendium of espionage stories - fiction, memoir and autobiography - from the pens of some of the greatest writers and most famous spies. With an introduction by Stella Rimington, former head of MI5
On its first appearance in 1957, Hugh and Graham Greene's The Spy's Bedside Book provoked a storm of interest, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, 100 copies were bought by East German Intelligence.
This classic anthology, with a new introduction by the former head of MI5, Stella Rimington, includes stories by some of the great writers on spying and many practitioners, including Ian Fleming and John Buchan, Sir Robert Baden-Powell and Belle Boyd, Walter Schellenberg and Major André, Sir Paul Dukes and Vladimir Petrov, and. from the golden age of mystery and suspense, William Le Queux and E. Phillips Oppenheim. There are also some unexpected figures: William Blake, D.H. Lawrence and Thomas Mann, all suspected of spying in three great wars.
How can you hide messages in a boiled egg? Why should you always put pepper in your vodka when in Russia? Answers to these questions and much more can be found in this thrilling collection, which will enthral readers once again with its tales of espionage from a bygone era.
“I fear England will be infested with alien agents who have learned their trade from this revealing and mischievous compilation”
The Evening News (London)
“[A] marvellous anthology of spy stories”
Jeremy Lewis, The Oldie
“This charming 1957 curiosity, a compendium of espionage vignettes, will bring out the spy in everyone”