Ashenden, or, The British Agent
Publish date: 2000
Pages no: 326
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Spy Thriller
, Short Stories
A celebrated writer by the time the war broke out in 1914, Maugham had the perfect cover for living in Switzerland. Multilingual and knowledgeable about many European countries, he was dispatched by the Secret Service to Lucerne - under the guise of completing a play. An assignment whose danger and ...
Short, witty, loosely connected stories following the British writer / spy Ashenden as he is sent around the world on secret missions. None of the stories feature particularly complex feats of espionage or gruesome violence. I just really liked Ashenden (who is a thinly veiled version of Maugham): S...
I was very impressed by this book. The first book I have read by W. Somerset Maugham. Maugham's beautiful writing evokes the life of a spy and is based on his own spying experiences during World War 1. Through a series of interrelated short stories the reader gains an appreciation of Maugham's sp...
Alex Jennings reads Somerset Maugham's series of short stories, based on his own experiences during the First World War and featuring Ashenden, recruited by the British Secret Service as a spy.Abridged by Neville Teller the producer was Eoin O'Callaghan and it was an original BBC 7 commission.
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