♥ Book Title : Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
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♥ Book Title : Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed
☯ Full Synopsis : "WINNER OF THE HRF KEATING AWARD FOR BEST NON-FICTION CRIME BOOK 2018 An entertaining history of British thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed, in which award-winning crime writer Mike Ripley reveals that, though Britain may have lost an empire, her thrillers helped save the world. With a foreword by Lee Child."Article| Mike Ripley| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
☯ Full Synopsis : "An entertaining history of British thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed, in which award-winning crime writer Mike Ripley reveals that, though Britain may have lost an empire, her thrillers helped save the world. With a foreword by Lee Child. When Ian Fleming dismissed his books in a 1956 letter to Raymond Chandler as 'straight pillow fantasies of the bang-bang, kiss-kiss variety' he was being typically immodest. In three short years, his James Bond novels were already spearheading a boom in thriller fiction that would dominate the bestseller lists, not just in Britain, but internationally. The decade following World War II had seen Britain lose an Empire, demoted in terms of global power and status and economically crippled by debt; yet its fictional spies, secret agents, soldiers, sailors and even (occasionally) journalists were now saving the world on a regular basis. From Ian Fleming and Alistair MacLean in the 1950s through Desmond Bagley, Dick Francis, Len Deighton and John Le Carr� in the 1960s, to Frederick Forsyth and Jack Higgins in the 1970s. Many have been labelled 'boys' books' written by men who probably never grew up but, as award-winning writer and critic Mike Ripley recounts, the thrillers of this period provided the reader with thrills, adventure and escapism, usually in exotic settings, or as today's leading thriller writer Lee Child puts it in his Foreword: 'the thrill of immersion in a fast and gaudy world.' In Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Ripley examines the rise of the thriller from the austere 1950s through the boom time of the Swinging Sixties and early 1970s, examining some 150 British authors (plus a few notable South Africans). Drawing upon conversations with many of the authors mentioned in the book, he shows how British writers, working very much in the shadow of World War II, came to dominate the field of adventure thrillers and the two types of spy story - spy fantasy (as epitomised by Ian Fleming's James Bond) and the more realistic spy fiction created by Deighton, Le Carr� and Ted Allbeury, plus the many variations (and imitators) in between."Article| Mike Ripley| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Just Another Angel
☯ Full Synopsis : "When Mike helps Jo Scamp (a lady of brief but intimate acquaintance) to recover some stolen jewellery the situation develops into violence involving a deranged London gangster and a policeman with a vendetta."Article| Mike Ripley| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Pass Beyond Kashmir
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♥ Book Title : The Russia House
☯ Full Synopsis : "World powers clash for dominance as a beautiful Russian woman carries out a staggering mission and a derelict English publisher becomes the unlikely recipient of the Soviet Union's top defense secret. Reprint. 12,500 first printing."Article| John le Carre| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Bad Movie Bible
☯ Full Synopsis : "Whether you realise it or not, you probably enjoy bad movies. If you've ever been amused by cheesy '80s action, or laughed at a shoddy horror movie monster then you've paddled in the so-bad-it's-good shallows. The deep waters beyond can be intimidating, teeming as they are with dreck. But among the unmentionables are some of the most ridiculous and enjoyable movies ever made, you just need to know where to look. Exposing good-bad action movies, science fiction and fantasy, horror - and the rest - The Bad Movie Bible includes films such as Batman & Robin, The Room, Troll 2, Miami Connection, Nick Fury: Agent of Shield, Black Devil Doll From Hell, and Hell Comes to Frogtown The Bad Movie Bible is the first in the series of light-hearted movie bibles, analysing and eulogising cinematic subcultures. AUTHORS: Author Rob Hill has worked in the visual effects and post production industry for I5 years and has written widely on cinema and genre films. He co-wrote the multimillion selling 50I Movies and his most recent work is Top I0 Lists: Movies (both for Octopus Publishing Group). Editor Emma Hill has spent the past I4 years in illustrated non-fiction, working across a variety of genres including popular culture, craft, cookery, art and travel for the UK and co-edition markets. SELLING POINTS: * Most movies aren't very good. That shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. But nor should it be a surprise that some are so bad they possess a unique appeal arising specifically from their inadequacies. This book is a celebration of, and guide to, those movies * Analysis and reviews of 101 of the best good-bad movies of the last fifty years * Exclusive interviews with heroes and villains as diverse as Dame Joan Collins and Tommy Wiseau * First-hand accounts from genre legends who explain what went wrong, and why it isn't their fault * Unique behind-the-scenes images * Future classics are exposed, old mysteries solved 240 colour photographs"Article| Rob Hill| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Britain
☯ Full Synopsis : "Examines the work and the personalities behind British cultural icons, pulling out the key information in easily digested, entertaining chunks. The culture of everyday life is also revealed, exploring the variation between the English, Scots and Welsh, and dissecting how they approach life; how they eat, socialize, vote, dress and laugh."Article| Andrew Whittaker| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Mr Campion's Abdication
☯ Full Synopsis : "‘So where exactly did Albert Campion stand on the Abdication?’ ‘Behind the throne, slightly to the left?’ suggested Commander Charles Luke. Margery Allingham’s Mr Campion finds himself masquerading as technical advisor to a very suspicious but glamorous Italian film producer and her crew hunting for buried treasure that never was in the Suffolk village of Heronhoe near Pontisbright which used to host trysts between Edward VIII and Mrs Wallis Simpson. ‘When it came to the Abdication Crisis in ’36 those dirty week-ends in Heronhoe were quickly forgotten, except not by the Prince. The story goes – that when he married Mrs Simpson, in 1937 that would be, he actually sent a valuable thank you gift to Heronhoe. That was what became known as the Abdication Treasure although there’s no record of anything going to Heronhoe Hall, or of anybody ever receiving anything from the Duke of Windsor and nobody anywhere claims to have actually seen anything resembling treasure.’ ‘So how is Albert Campion involved? You said the treasure doesn’t exist.’ ‘It doesn’t,’ Lord Breeze said firmly, ‘and I have been instructed to tell you to tell Campion, that unless he wants to risk embarrassing Buckingham Palace, he’d better lay off. There’s no such thing as the Abdication Treasure, so there’s nothing to find and Campion had better make sure he doesn’t find it!’"Article| Mike Ripley| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Mr Campion's War
☯ Full Synopsis : "It's Albert Campion's seventieth birthday, and he has decided to enthral his guests at the Dorchester Hotel with his account of his wartime experiences in Vichy France more than twenty-five years before. But in doing so he unveils a series of extraordinary events, the repercussions of which put one of his guests in deadly danger . . ."Article| Mike Ripley| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Mr Campion's Farewell
☯ Full Synopsis : "Margery Allingham's Albert Campion returns in a sharply written Golden Age mystery"Article| Mike Ripley| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Digital Renaissance
☯ Full Synopsis : "How digital technology is upending the traditional creative industries—and why that might be a good thing The digital revolution poses a mortal threat to the major creative industries—music, publishing, television, and the movies. The ease with which digital files can be copied and distributed has unleashed a wave of piracy with disastrous effects on revenue. Cheap, easy self-publishing is eroding the position of these gatekeepers and guardians of culture. Does this revolution herald the collapse of culture, as some commentators claim? Far from it. In Digital Renaissance, Joel Waldfogel argues that digital technology is enabling a new golden age of popular culture, a veritable digital renaissance. By reducing the costs of production, distribution, and promotion, digital technology is democratizing access to the cultural marketplace. More books, songs, television shows, and movies are being produced than ever before. Nor does this mean a tidal wave of derivative, poorly produced kitsch; analyzing decades of production and sales data, as well as bestseller and best-of lists, Waldfogel finds that the new digital model is just as successful at producing high-quality, successful work as the old industry model, and in many cases more so. The vaunted gatekeeper role of the creative industries proves to have been largely mythical. The high costs of production have stifled creativity in industries that require ever-bigger blockbusters to cover the losses on ever-more-expensive failures. Are we drowning in a tide of cultural silt, or living in a golden age for culture? The answers in Digital Renaissance may surprise you."Article| Joel Waldfogel| Statement ..."