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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But why should she have sent for him ? There were other English people in the
hotel . There was an old pair , a retired Indian Civilian and his wife , to whom it
seemed more natural that she should turn . No one could be more of a stranger to
You must have travelled quickly to get here only a few hours after your letter ,
sent here and then sent on by your wife , reached me in Geneva . ' ' That is very
probable . One of the things I had to tell you is that the Germans suspect that ...
HIS EXCELLENCY WHEN Ashenden was sent to X and looked about him he
could not but see that his situation was equivocal . X was the capital of an
important belligerent state ; but a state divided against itself ; there was a large