Len Deighton

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Len Deighton
BornLeonard Cyril Deighton
(1929-02-18) 18 February 1929 (age 90)
Marylebone, London, UK
OccupationWriter, illustrator
LanguageEnglish
NationalityBritish
GenresSpy fiction, military fiction, alternate history, non-fiction
Notable work(s)The IPCRESS File
The Bernard Samson novels
SS-GB
Goodbye, Mickey Mouse
Oh! What a Lovely War
Spouse(s)Ysabele Deighton
ChildrenAlexander, Antoni

Leonard Cyril Deighton (/ˈdtən/; born 18 February 1929), known as Len Deighton, is a British author. He is thought to be one of the top three spy novelists of his time (along with Ian Fleming and John le Carré).[1][2]

He is a well known military historian, cookery writer, and graphic artist. His first book, The IPCRESS File, was an instant bestseller. The Sunday Times called him "the poet of the spy story".[3]

Deighton was born in the London inner-city of Marylebone. He studied at St Marylebone Grammar School, at Saint Martin's School of Art and at the Royal College of Art. He is married to Ysabele Deighton.

References[change | change source]

  1. Morrell, David; Wagner, Hank (2012). Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads. Oceanview Publishing. ISBN 978-1608090402.
  2. Burchby, Casey (7 December 2011). "Len Deighton's Spy Novels Still Outsmart Fleming and le Carre After 50 Years in Print". SF Weekly. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  3. Deighton, Len. The Ipcress File. HarperColins. ISBN 9780007343027.