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In The Thirty-Nine Steps and his other yarns – with their decent chaps in scrapes and men on the run – John Buchan invented the modern spy novel.
Stalin and the seat-of-his-pants spy.
Tim Clark's book makes a subtle but very important point: wouldn’t it be better to learn about your parents’ or your extended family’s life stories while they were living?
It was a relationship that, as Churchill once remarked, was more like brother and sister than mother and son.
Tall, fair-haired and attractive, Maclean maintained a surface allure of charm that eventually failed to obscure the demons wrestling beneath.
It may seem a strange observation, but love is a major component of the author's fictional world.
True Detective was the equivalent of four movies bolted together and it held the viewer inexorably.
What Joseph Conrad started, John le Carré enshrined and made modern.
What makes our species unique is that we know we are trapped in time, caught briefly between the prenatal darkness and the posthumous one.