Press Release: The Spy’s Bedside Book

The Spy’s Bedside Book

An anthology edited by
Graham Greene and Hugh Greene

Introduced by Stella Rimington
Preface by Graham Greene
Illustrated by Nick Hardcastle

‘I fear England will be infested with alien agents who have learned their trade from this revealing and mischievous compilation.’
London Evening News

Graham Greene worked for MI6 during the Second World War, while his brother Hugh was one of the last Allied journalists to leave Berlin in 1939. They both knew the spying game from within.

In their anthology of anecdotes and dark extracts from fiction, reportage and memoir we learn about the real-life exploits of agents – Major André in the American Revolution, Mata Hari in the First World War and Walter Schellenberg in the Second – as well as the tricks of their trade: how to hide messages in an egg and why you should add pepper to vodka when in Russia. And no espionage book would be complete without glamorous fictional heroes. William Le Queux helps Duckworth Drew escape from a sealed room, while Fleming’s James Bond unscrews a tube of shaving cream to ‘reveal the silencer for the Beretta’.

The clandestine world is wryly imagined in black and white by illustrator Nick Hardcastle. His realistic style is highly detailed and his illustrations evoke the dark and daring clandestine world of espionage brilliantly.

Stella Rimington, the first woman to become Director General of the Security Service MI5, has written an entertaining introduction reminding the reader that nowhere is it harder to distinguish truth from fiction than in espionage.

Product information
Bound in blocked buckram. Set in Goudy. 288 pages. 43 black & white integrated illustrations. Plain slipcase. 8˝ x 5 ¾˝.

UK £29.95 US $45.95 Can $59.95 Aus $67.95


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