THE DEIGHTON DOSSIER

The online resource about writer Len Deighton

EVERYTHING ELSE

This part of the website is self-explanatory.

It is a repository for any book which isn't one of Len Deighton's novels, or non-fiction books, or anything to do with his writing on food and cooking.

So, that means gathered here in this section are the books which Deighton himself has not written, but to which he's made a substantial contribution, such as the section on food in How To Be A Pregnant Father, a self-help guide for new fathers.

Also here are the long list of books to which Deighton has provided either a foreword or introduction. Many of these books are on topics close to Deighton's own personal interests, particularly military history and military technology.

Finally, you'll find here a list of useful reference books which are about Len Deighton or contain substantial entries on the author and his books, to provide a new perspective on his writings.

If you are curious about how widely Deighton's written words go, then be curious no more, and start looking at this section.

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CONTRIBUTIONS

Len Deighton has written nearly one hundred books as an author.

However, he has also made significant contributions to the works of other authors where his expertise or specialist knowledge has been brought to bear.

Like much of his other non-fiction work, alongside military history his contributions to other books have covered a range of subjects from a gentlemen's guide to the perfect drink and dinner party menu, the morality of warfare to the perils of new fatherhood.

This section introduces some of the books to which Len Deighton has made a substantial contribution.

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    Drinks-man-ship
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    For Bond Lovers Only
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    Alamein and the Desert War
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    Cooking People
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    Authors Take Sides on Vietnam
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    How To Be A Pregnant Father
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    Memorable Dinners
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    The Not So Retiring Cook
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    Flight From Reality

INTRODUCTIONS & FOREWORDS

As an internationally renowned author, Len Deighton is a 'name', a celebrity author whose reputation proceeds him and whose endorsement of any writer, through a supportive introduction or foreword, can make a difference to sales and readership. Thus, any Deighton introduction was for many years a sought after commodity for many writers.

What is clear is that while demand for him to lend his name to a book was high, Deighton has been selective in which books he has chosen to provide some accompanying words for, and those he has contributed to reflect either an area of existing interest for him or is a book written by someone he trusts or has worked with. So, many of the introductions and forewords are to books - some, often, quite specialist and certainly not commercially successfully - are to books dealing with military history and technology, or other related areas of interest such as aeroplane technology.

Deighton has also been generous in giving his imprimatur to unknown writers who have done original research in a field of interest and to whom Deighton's introduction would make a real difference to general interest in their book

This section will guide you to pretty much every book to which Len Deighton has written a foreword or introduction.

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    Pictorial History of the Luftwaffe
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    The Valley of Fear
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    Guilt-Edged
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    The Balymaloe Cookbook
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    The Writer & The Word Processor
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    Great Battlefields of The World
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    Final Flights
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    The Long Engagement
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    The French Foreign Legion
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    The Adventure of the Priory School
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    Hatchards Crime Companion
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    In The Footsteps Of A Flying Boot
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    RAF Bomber Command
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    Time To Kill
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    Destroyer
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    In Pursuit of Life
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    Dark Justice
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    Masters of Crime
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    The Battle for Bond
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    Thetis Down
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    The Spaghetti Tree
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    Yesterday We Were In America
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    Motives for Murder

REFERENCE WORKS

Like Ian Fleming, John Le Carré, Eric Ambler and other contemporary writers of popular thriller and spy fiction, Len Deighton has been written about a lot. Such is the lot of the popular author, to have his works analysed, referenced, dissected, pored over, considered, judged and then further discussed.

This is a natural result of being one of the biggest selling English language authors of the last fifty years. Readers, other writers and academics want to understand where the stories come from, how the books were written, what the author's inspirations were.

This section contains details of a range of books which are either directly about Len Deighton and his canon, or have a significant part of the text devoted to analysis and dissection of Deighton's written works. His friend, and putative biographer, Edward Milward-Oliver's two reference books - The Annotated Bibliography and The Len Deighton Companion - are two excellent reference works which any reader or collector interested in Deighton should also.

Also reference here are more academic works which consider Deighton's literary contribution to the genre and make textual comparisons with other major works of spy fiction, in the hope of eliciting new understanding.

The books in this section will help deepen your understanding of Deighton's contribution to popular thriller and spy fiction.

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    The Annotated Bibliography
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    The Len Deighton Companion
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    Argosy
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    Who's Who in Spy Fiction
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    Anatomy of the Spy Thriller
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    The Special Branch
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    Whodunit?
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    Secret Agents in Spy Fiction
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    Spy Fiction: A Connoisseur's Guide
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    Burning the Box of Beautiful Things
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    Crime Time
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    Spy Television
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    Penguin by Illustrators
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    Track Changes
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