This fascinating book contains probably the most expert stories of espionage ever written. For a period of time after it was first published, the book became official required reading for persons entering the British Secret Service.
During World War I, Maugham enlisted with an ambulance unit, but was soon shifted to the Intelligence Department. Although these stories were based on the author's own experiences as a British agent during the war, he emphasized that they were written purely as entertainment, at which, indeed, Ashenden succeeds. Maugham's clarity of style, the perfection of his form, the subtlety of his thought, veiled thinly behind a worldly cynicism, has made him an international figure.
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Indeed this old lady looked so bland and innocent , with her corpulence , her fat
red face , and her smiling good - natured mouth , it would have been a very
astute detective who could imagine that if he took the trouble to put his hand
They were walking hand in hand . ' So this is what has kept you so quiet , ' said
Caypor as his eyes fell on the view . " What a spot ! ' Mrs Caypor clasped her
hands . ' Ach Gott , wie schön ! ' she cried . ' Wie schön . When I look at that blue
Templeton gave Ivy a little smile and took her hand . The doctor went on . ' I don ' t
think Miss Bishop will ever be strong enough to lead a normal life , but if she
continues to live as she has been doing for the last eight years . . . ' ' In