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Kiss kiss, bang bang : the boom in British thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed : how Britain lost an empire but its secret agents saved the world

Author: Mike Ripley
Publisher: [London] : HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When Ian Fleming dismissed his books in a 1956 letter to Raymond Chandler as 'straight pillow fantasies of the bang-bang, kiss-kiss variety' he was being typically modest. In three short years, his James Bond novels were already spearheading a boom in thriller fiction that would dominate the bestseller lists, not just in Britain, but internationally. The decade following World War II had seen Britain lose an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mike Ripley
ISBN: 9780008172237 0008172234
OCLC Number: 973918844
Notes: "Collins crime club : the sign of a good detective novel."
Description: xx, 428 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Mike Ripley ; [foreword by Lee Child]

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WINNER OF THE HRF KEATING AWARD FOR BEST NON-FICTION CRIME BOOK 2018An entertaining history of British thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed, in which award-winning crime writer Mike  Read more...

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`As gripping and well-researched as any of the thrillers he discusses, Mike Ripley's book also provides a fascinating social history of post-war Britain. A reminder of the relevance of this unfairly Read more...

 
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