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 since you ask me , Colonel , I don ' t mind telling you that I got into
conversation on the train with a little woman who was coming to Lyons to see ... I
can tell you many stories that will interest you ; I am sure that we shall get on well
explained in voluble English that these seats had been booked by the Consuls of
Great Britain and the United States respectively , and though he didn ' t know
about the King of England , he could tell them straight and they could take it from
Well , then I ' ll tell you in very few words how the matter stands . Then you must
decide for yourselves . ' 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 ...