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Reading list: Summer with a Side of Spies
Inspired by Wanda's original list of Summer of Spies and Moonlight Reader's equally inspiring authorised copy of Wanda's list, I'm also tempted to read some spy fiction - but only on the side.
I have no illusions of finishing all of the titles on this list but wanted to have a pool of titles that I know I already own or can get from the library.
by Alan Furst
by James B. South, James B. South
I can't have a list of spy books without something relating to Bond.
by Hugh Laurie
by Eric Ambler
by Agatha Christie
Oh, look! A Christie espionage thriller! Get the gin!
by Gertrude Bell
Not just a famous traveller, Bell was also "attached to the Foreign Office".
by Alan Judd
Btw, Judd was a former Army officer but he was also formerly "attached to the Foreign Office". I was rather impressed by his talk at Bloody Scotland in 2016.
by Helen MacInnes
by John le Carré
by Phyllis Bottome
Not necessarily a "spy" novel, but one of the characters is based on the young Ian Fleming - that is close enough for me to qualify. (Also, I really, really want to read this.)
by Sarah Helm
by Len Deighton
by Wu Ming
Not sure how much spying there will be but the blurb promised KGB operatives.
by Lara Elena Donnelly
by Rosalie Knecht
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Btw, I'd suggest some of the Bond books you picked are also better with the help of a little tipple.
Also, have you read the Baghdad one, yet?
http://www.weinhaus-gutsuelz.de/ -- one of the two well-established, traditional wineries in the village where I spent the better part of my childhood.
And no, "Baghdad" is actually the one book in Christie's canon that I'm looking at with ever-increasing trepidation (all the more in view of both "Destination Unknown" and "Passenger to Frankfurt", a bastard child -- or first cousin -- of both of which I firmly suspect "Baghdad" to be). But going there in company sounds like that just might make it a bit more bearable ...
Though obviously, booze and spies are a natural combination whichever way you look at it.