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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It was opened by Monsieur Bridet . He had evidently been roused from his sleep ;
he wore slippers on his bare feet , grey trousers and a frock - coat over his
pyjamas . He looked absurd . His hair as a rule plastered neatly on his head
stood on ...
Ashenden opened the door and stepped out . The passage was dimly lit . It
exasperated him to feel so nervous when he could not but be aware that his
companion was perfectly at ease . When they reached the door the Hairless
Ashenden realized that she had never opened a door for herself . She did not
know how to . In a minute the colonel with his old , old gait came to the door and
opened it ; she passed out and he followed . The little incident offered a key to