“He had a long thin nose, a moustache like flock wallpaper, sparse, carefully combed hair, and the complexion of a Hovis loaf": First Edition of Len Deighton's The Ipcress File; Lengthily Inscribed by Him
The Ipcress File.
Item Number: 2938
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1962.
First British edition of the author’s first novel. Octavo, original cloth. Lengthily inscribed by the author on the title page. Fine in a very good plus dust jacket that shows light wear. Jacket design by Raymond Hawkey.
Len Deighton's classic first novel, whose protagonist is a nameless spy, later christened Harry Palmer. It was not only Deighton's first novel, it was his first bestseller and the book that broke the mould of thriller writing. "The Ipcress File helped change the shape of the espionage thriller...the prose is still as crisp and fresh as ever...there is an infectious energy about this book which makes it a joy to read, or re-read" (Sunday Times). It was made into the 1965 film produced by Harry Saltzman and directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Michael Caine as the protagonist.