The Sad Variety by Nicholas Blake

The things one finds on a quick search! Having tantalised you I’m going to talk about the book first before telling you what I’ve found. You can either be patient and read through or ignore it and skip to the bottom. The Book! This is a spy/kidnapping type story. Lucy, the eight-year-old daughter of Professor Wragby has been […]

Reilly: Ace of Spies – Robin Bruce Lockhart

I uncover the most fascinating books and then when researching them I find some more interesting stuff. This book was originally published in 1967 under the title Ace of Spies. It was written by the son of one of Reilly’s co-workers so he would have had access to his father’s papers and information and as he […]

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – John le Carre

I’ve known this version of the rhyme for far too long: Tinker, tailor, Soldier, sailor, Rich man, poor man, Beggar-man, thief. It has countless variations and has been in use since about 1695, John le Carré used it for his book Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy published in 1974, he uses it extensively throughout to illustrate […]