Today we decode a brush pass transmission, a spy book review of Ted Allbeury's The Alpha List Spybrary Spy Podcast Host Shane Whaley gives us his brush pass spy book review of The Alpha List by Ted Allbeury The Alpha List by Ted Allbeury 'Truly a classic writer of espionage fiction' - Len Deighton Dave Marsh and Charlie Kelly grew up together on the backstreets of Birmingham. Now Charlie … [Read more...] about The Alpha List by Ted Allbeury – Brush Pass Spy Book Review. (153)
Spy Author Jeremy Duns and Spywrite's Jeff Quest talk through some of the in’s and out’s of research, and especially spy research, in the hopes of encouraging others to do research too. We talk about the a lost Pinkerton manuscript, the time Jeremy nearly got kicked out of an interview before it even started, how Jeff got the title of an author’s book wrong within 30 seconds of starting an … [Read more...] about Adventures in Spy Research with Jeremy Duns and Jeff Quest (151)
A special message to Spybrary listeners around the world to celebrate episode 150 of the Spybrary Spy Podcast! With a very special thanks to Andy Onyx Full Lyrics Spywrites’ Jeff Quest, Chopping’s covers, which Bond’s best?Len Deighton, Rob Mallows, Jeffrey Westhoff, Dr NoJake Kerridge Hush Puppies, Charlie Muffin, Jack BarksyRoger Moore, Call for the Dead, spy-lit treasures to be readWe … [Read more...] about Spybrary at 150! A Special Transmission for all Spybrarians.
Today, we bring you another spy author interview on the Spybrary Podcast. We are chatting with author James Stejskal who has just penned his first-ever spy fiction novel titled A Question of Time. Some of you may know James from his non-fiction books, especially an absolute cracker - Special Forces Berlin. James draws on his time serving in Cold War Berlin and even weaves the head of the Stasi … [Read more...] about Interview with James Stejskal author of Question of Time – A Cold War Spy Thriller (149)
From acclaimed spy novelist Paul Vidich comes a taut new thriller following the attempted exfiltration of a KGB officer from the ever-changing—and always dangerous—USSR in the mid-1980s.Our friend Mike Ripley (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to the Eagle Has Landed) urged me to read The Mercenary by Paul Vidich asap. Mike knows me well and that I love my spy … [Read more...] about ‘Cold war spy fiction in the grand tradition’ an interview with Paul Vidich, author of The Mercenary (146)
Today's episode of Spybrary is all about collecting spy books.We talk James Bond book trivia and see some of Tim’s amazing Fleming novels. There are some beautiful association copies of Adam Hall books, Matthew shares details on how to collect an elusive Clancy first edition and a signed copy of one of Jimmy Sangster’s spy novels with a great back story. All that plus tips and tricks from three … [Read more...] about Collecting Spy Books, with Jeff Quest, Matthew Bradford, and Tim Shipman (143)
An essential guide to the spy novels of John le Carré by journalist, political commentator, author, and spy fan Tim Shipman. OK shoot me… I love lists and they are a good place to start a debate. I’m going to rank John le Carré’s spy novels (so no Naïve and Sentimental Lover and Pigeon Tunnel) and you’re all going to disagree with me.For those that don’t like it, I would argue this is at … [Read more...] about The Books of John le Carré. Every novel ranked by journalist and spy fan Tim Shipman.