Born in London, Len Deighton served in the RAF before graduating from the Royal College of Art (which recently elected him a Senior Fellow). While in New York City working as a magazine illustrator he began writing his first novel, The Ipcress File, which was published in 1962. He is now the author of more than thirty books of fiction and non-fiction. At present living in Europe, he has, over the years, lived with his family in ten different countries from Austria to Portugal.
'Dazzlingly intelligent and subtle' Sunday Times 'Worthy of Raymond Chandler... intelligent... inventive... constantly entertaining' Sunday Telegraph 'Such credibility, such accurate line-by-line beaming of a sheer sense of the actual... a glittering, wintry entertainment' The Guardian 'Deighton is so far in the front of other writers in the field that they are not even in sight' Sunday Times 'Nobody now seriously doubts that Deighton is the most credible of all the spysmiths' The Scotsman