Radio: Great Spy Books – Fact or Fiction? (BBC Radio 4)

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A truly excellent episode of Archive on 4 examining to what extent spy stories are likely to be based on fact.  There are a number of authors featured, starting from the earliest days of the genre including W. Somerset Maugham (Ashenden: Or the British Agent), Erskine Childers (The Riddle of the Sands), John Buchan (The Thirty-Nine Steps), John Le Carré (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold) and Ian Fleming (James Bond).

A big omission: Len Deighton.

If you like the genre, this comes highly recommended.

• BBC Radio 4 (Archive on 4):   Great Spy Books – Fact or Fiction?

 

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