The popular image of the world of espionage is one of gadgets, guns and girls and, while real spies may not lead quite such glamorous lives, there's more adventure and intrigue involved than most of us experience in our jobs. Whether it's the gentleman spy in John Buchan's novels or Jack Higgins' master of disguise Sean Dillon or the ubiquitous eyes of Communist regimes behind the Iron Curtain in Hedi Kaddour's Waltenberg, get the inside track on covert operations with our espionage special.
Hedi Kaddour; David Coward
An epic novel in which the hotel Waldhaus in the Swiss mountain village of Waltenberg is central to the action, which takes place in Europe from the First World War...
June 11, 1940 - where is Winston Churchill?
Hans Fallada; Michael Hofmann
Its Berlin, 1940, and the city is filled with fear. At the house on 55 Jablonski Strasse, its various occupants try to live under Nazi rule in their different ways:...
John Le Carre
A wonderful, classic le Carre now reissued in a stunning new package.
Walter Withers had given the best years of his life to the CIA, setting honeytraps and reeling in the victims of his plots. But Withers has returned to his hometown...
MAZE OF CADIZ is the first in the critically acclaimed Peter Cotton series following the fortunes of British spy Peter Cotton. For all fans of John le Carre, Robert Harris...
CIA agent John Wells has been undercover so long. Wells has been building his cover in the mountains of Afghanistan. But now he's coming home. He is a man alone...
Berlin, 1946. During one of the coldest winters on record, Pavel Richter, a decommissioned GI, finds himself at odds with a rogue British Army colonel and a Soviet General when...
An upmarket, well informed and incredibly topical novel that marks the return of the spy thriller, in the vein of John le Carre and Robert Harris
A beautifully written thriller from the acclaimed Cold War series writer: 'a welcome addition to the wartime ground mapped out by Philip Kerr and Alan Furst' Guardian
Re-inventing the spy story for the 21st century. John Le Carre meets Jason Bourne!
Graham Greene; Christopher Hitchens
Wormold is a vacuum cleaner salesman in a city of powercuts. His adolescent daughter spends his money with a skill that amazes him so when a mysterious Englishman offers him...
Eric Ambler; James Fenton; Mark...
Josef Vadassy, a Hungarian refugee and language teacher living in France, is enjoying his first break for years in a small hotel on the Riviera. But when he takes his...
March 1943. The war hangs in the balance, and at Bletchley Park a brilliant young codebreaker is facing a double nightmare. The Germans have changed their U-boat Enigma code, threatening...
W. Somerset Maugham
When war broke out in 1914, Somerset Maugham was dispatched by the British Secret Service to Switzerland under the guise of completing a play. This title collects stories that are...
The award-winning thriller that became an international bestseller and a distinguished film and launched the career of master storyteller Ken Follett.