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By Len Deighton | Comments: ( 336 ) | Date: ( Oct 15, 2019 )

The sudden disappearance of a number of top biochemists from the British intelligence community leads to a fast paced, edge of the seat investigation into the world of spies and counterspies In a brilliant tour de force, the master spy behind Ipcress has the power to completely change the rules of the game Reissue.


  • Title: The Ipcress File
  • Author: Len Deighton
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

About Author:

Len Deighton

Deighton was born in Marylebone, London, in 1929 His father was a chauffeur and mechanic, and his mother was a part time cook.After leaving school, Deighton worked as a railway clerk before performing his National Service, which he spent as a photographer for the Royal Air Force s Special Investigation Branch After discharge from the RAF, he studied at St Martin s School of Art in London in 1949, and in 1952 won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1955.Deighton worked as an airline steward with BOAC Before he began his writing career he worked as an illustrator in New York and, in 1960, as an art director in a London advertising agency He is credited with creating the first British cover for Jack Kerouac s On the Road He has since used his drawing skills to illustrate a number of his own military history books.Following the success of his first novels, Deighton became The Observer s cookery writer and produced illustrated cookbooks In September 1967 he wrote an article in the Sunday Times Magazine about Operation Snowdrop an SAS attack on Benghazi during World War II The following year David Stirling would be awarded substantial damages in libel from the article He also wrote travel guides and became travel editor of Playboy, before becoming a film producer After producing a film adaption of his 1968 novel Only When I Larf, Deighton and photographer Brian Duffy bought the film rights to Joan Littlewood and Theatre Workshop s stage musical Oh, What a Lovely War He had his name removed from the credits of the film, however, which was a move that he later described as stupid and infantile That was his last involvement with the cinema.Deighton left England in 1969 He briefly resided in Blackrock, County Louth in Ireland He has not returned to England apart from some personal visits and very few media appearances, his last one since 1985 being a 2006 interview which formed part of a Len Deighton Night on BBC Four He and his wife Ysabele divide their time between homes in Portugal and Guernsey.



Comments The Ipcress File

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”Weapons aren’t terrible,” I said. “Areoplanes full of passengers to Paris, bombs full of insecticide, cannons with a man inside at a circus--these aren’t terrible. But a vase of roses in the hands of a man of evil intent is a murder weapon.”Michael Caine is “Harry Palmer”.The protagonist of this novel is nameless. Though there is a moment in the novel when someone whispers:“Hello Harry.”Now my name isn’t Harry, but in this business it’s hard to remember whether it ever h [...]


  • Susan

    “What chance did I stand between the Communists on one side and the Establishment on the other…”Len Deighton’s first novel features the unnamed spy, re-christened Harry Palmer in the film version; played by Michael Caine. However, in this book we never learn the name of the unnamed narrator, who delivers his report on, “the IPCRESS affair,” to the Minister of Defence. He has been transferred from military intelligence to WOOC(P) a small, civilian intelligence agency, reporting to the [...]


  • Lance Charnes

    The Ipcress File is one of those novels that, burnished by the passage of time and forgetfulness, is now considered to be a classic in its genre. It was supposedly quite the trendsetter back in 1962, taking on the themes of organizational betrayal using the voice of a working-class spy who has a chip on his shoulder regarding his betters. In the cold light of reappraisal, however, it doesn’t live up to its reputation.The setup: a semi-unnamed civil servant/spy (referred to once as “Harry”) [...]


  • Ammar

    This is Len Deighton debut written in 62The anonymous narrator describes a certain operation to a gov official and to us readers it looks like a long letter with footnotes and appendices. The unnamed narrators who in popular culture became Michael Caine and his name was Harry in the movie, but in the novel he was called Harry in one page and that was the only clue that Harry could be his name. He is the antithesis of James Bond, more down to earth and real the struggle is real for him no flashy [...]


  • Lisa (Harmonybites)

    This has been praised as a literary thriller that helped shape the espionage thriller genre, and I've seen Deighton compared to Dickens, contrasted favorably to Ian Fleming.Frankly, this struck me as rather juvenile. Unlike Fleming, Deighton doesn't have a background in intelligence, and the book never struck me as plausible. It's more Get Smart than Graham Greene or John LeCarre--or even Tom Clancy. This is Len Deighton's first novel--before this he had been working as an illustrator according [...]


  • Ed

    I really, really wanted to enjoy this more and maybe the fault was partly my own for thinking it was going to be one of those novels I could read in 20 minute snatches on my daily commute, but despite its relatively short length, I just found it maddeningly difficult to follow. The tone is basically Noir filtered through the spy thriller with a little dash of The Man Who Was Thursday surrealism with the result that it had one of those hyper-dense narratives, full of non sequiturs, one-liners and [...]


  • Nooilforpacifists

    It's hard to believe this was Deighton's first book. Had I written something as clever, sarcastic, and thrilling as this, I would have stopped there, and admired myself in the mirror for a decade. Good thing Len didn't--this book gets scrambled at the end. By contrast, by the time he hit his stride in the three Bernard Sampson trilogies, there wasn't a hair out of place. Deighton didn't go to Eton; he's not an Oxbridge grad. But he read like a madman, had some Toff friends, and must have the ret [...]


  • Phil

    Hmmmmmmm - I was looking forward to this book. I've long been a fan of the Michael Caine movie based on this novel, and having read the Bond books a couple of years ago and working through the Smiley novels this year, I was intrigued to see where the unnamed spy of Deighton's books fitted in to the triumvirate.And unfortunately I was disappointed. I found this the least enjoyable of the three - in both style and content. In content it doesn't have the glamourously comic book style jetsetting of [...]


  • Jim

    Ipcress is not a name or a place: It is an abbreviation for “Induction of Psycho-neuroses by Conditioned Reflex under Stress” -- or, in other words, brainwashing. I remember seeing the film of the book when it came out in 1965 and believed I had also read the book. Instead of a re-read, this turned out to be a first-timer.On one hand, I liked The Ipcress File; on the other, I found it curiously remote. The protagonist is never named (though for the movie, Michael Caine himself invented the n [...]


  • Cphe

    I've noticed this book mentioned on a lot of espionage/thriller lists over the years but hadn't got around to reading it, nor have I seen the movie. I was in a way expecting it to be a rollicking good read but it wasn't quite that for me. I did like that the narrator was unnamed and I thoroughly enjoyed his sense of black humor, and deadpan dialogue. The thriller/espionage component was interesting as well.However there were a few too many gaps in the delivery of the plot. Not everything was exp [...]


  • Stuart Aken

    As Deighton admits in the preface to the Silver jubilee Edition that I read, ‘Like many inexperienced writers I expected far too much from my readers.’ And it’s this assumption that that the reader will ‘be aware of every tiny detail and allusion’ that makes this book, at least initially, a less than easy read. Of course, the film and the reputation of the book gives the reader motivation to stick with it. Without that motivation I can’t be absolutely sure I’d have got past the fir [...]


  • Brad Lyerla

    I was surprised that I did not like this book better than I did. I am very much a fan of Deighton's Bernie Samson series. But THE IPCRESS FILE, Deighton's first, was not as well-written. Oh well. If you like 1960s era espionage thrillers, you might want to check it out. It seems to be a classic of that genre. And it is amusing.


  • Simon Mcleish

    Originally published on my blog here in December 2003.In today's thrillers, we have come to expect that the heroes are likely to be flawed, disillusioned characters. Go back a few decades, and all that was different. I'm talking straight thrillers, here, not detective stories; a significant source for the change to the the thriller genre was the hardboiled detective school of fiction. Graham Greene was probably the writer who introduced this style to the spy story, but Len Deighton was not far b [...]


  • Jester Gilchrist

    Atrocious book. Possibly the worst I've read. So bad. The plot is a disjointed mess; it is laughably bad. If you want a spy book - Le Carre is an absolute master. Deighton? PfftThis book is described as a thriller. It is not only dated, but seriously badly written. Pain in the hole to read. Reminds me of The Big Sleep; another atrocious book.Some sentences make no sense. Deighton is a dull writer who annoyingly describes every character's looks in inane detail. Tedious. However fails to write a [...]


  • Bettie☯

    a watch:After reading Michael Caine's biography What's It All About I decided the next time I want to knit a pair of socks, I would kill two birds with one stone i.e. watch Caine and re-visit that wonderful Deighton story. No - I cannot just sit with handies unoccupied.Trouble is, before I even press the start button I know that the 'me' that is 'now' will not salivate over the Deighton story in quite the same way I did 'back then'. No worries, double-pointed needles are braced, skhettie pollana [...]


  • Rob Thompson

    “He had a long thin nose, a moustache like flock wallpaper, sparse, carefully combed hair, and the complexion of a Hovis loaf.”An enjoyable but bewildering and confusing book. Deighton withholds almost all the information needed to make sense of the plot. Even a basic structure of the story is difficult to discern. There are endless twists and turns, digressions and movements in place and time. I'm sure this was super cool back in the 1960s with its leisurely and convoluted meandering.Here's [...]


  • Gary

    Plugged another hole in my espionage reading, particularly inexplicable given how much I like the movie and the fame of the author. I enjoyed it very much but was ill prepared for what a challenging read it was or how different from the movie. The latter point particularly unusual as older adaptations tend to be more faithful in my experience. I couldn’t help but read the protagonists lines in Michael Caine’s accent but this was no bad thing. The plot is complex, the characters well fleshed [...]


  • Cat

    Published in 1962 The Ipcress File is the first introduction to Len Deighton’s British Spy. In the book he remains nameless but he was later christened Harry Palmer for the films starring Michael Caine. Deighton took an interesting approach to his writing, the whole book is a report to the Minister of Defence and as such has references and notes supplementing the core story. The novel begins with the reassignment of our protagonist from Military Intelligence to a small civilian unit headed up [...]


  • Matthew

    We get a sense of the value of popular fiction when we see how well it dates within a couple of generations. The classic will stay with us, no matter how far social attitudes and concerns have moved on. The popular novel of little or moderate worth will date less well, and will actually become rather dull for future readers, a strange fate for a book that was written precisely to grab their attention.The popular works of female literature tend to be historical, romantic, family sagas etc. Male l [...]


  • Jeffrey

    Set during the height of the Cold War, The Ipcress File deftly captures the paranoia inherent in an occupation where facts are manufactured and loyalties are situational.The story follows an unnamed espionage agent who is attempting to track the activities of a foreign agent code-named Jay, suspected of turning a number of capable British citizens over to the Soviets. As the story progresses, a number of efforts are made to determine how Jay achieves his goals, leading on a twisting path that is [...]


  • Gavin Smith

    Given the espionage theme, I had expected to find myself comparing The Ipcress File to Ian Fleming's much more famous British spy novels. A better point of comparison, though, comes from over the pond. Deighton's decidedly non-Oxbridge spy reminded me of a British version of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe. Compliments for hard-boiled noir heroes simply don't get any higher, and this is most definitely that kind of story. For great big chunks of the narrative, the reader is as much in the dark [...]


  • Greg

    This is not an espionage novel. I bailed on page 113, had enough, abandoned. It was just wasn't going anywhere. It is pretty dry, mostly descriptive of equipment or a room. It was getting boring around page p. 90 finding it hard to follow what the author is saying - all the detail and conversation. It seems like a lot of filler padding out the story. I started to get it about half way, it is not about a story, there is no story as such, the novel is about describing the actual unglamorous world [...]


  • Woody

    Had I been alive in the 50s and 60s, and British, I might have enjoyed this more. I found it a bit tough to follow. I don't know if this was a result of never really getting into this book, or a result of not picking up on some of the slang, but I kept getting the feeling that things were being alluded to that I simply wasn't catching. At several points I went back and reread passages and still had no clue what was happening. In the end, I got the big picture of what happened but in a spy novel, [...]


  • DeAnna Knippling

    Tricky.The opening made me utterly miserable: wonderful images combined with a sense of surreal, almost Kafkaesque bureaucratic unreality. By the time I worked out what was going on at *that* point, events had long since passed me by.In the end--a satisfying mystery, and kudos for both giving me a sense of how disorienting trying to work things out really is, and the skill to pull me through.


  • Pamela

    Not at all of the same quality as Berlin Game and the others. The problem wasn't that the story was difficult to follow (it was) or that the main character's character never seemed to materialize (it didn't). The problem was that despite the torture, the kidnapping, the secrecy, the plotting and counter-plotting, the book was just downright boring.And what was up with the appendices? Talk about annoying!


  • Donna

    I just couldn't get into this book! Perhaps because it's not a genre I usually read, or maybe I found the heavy first person narrative off-putting? All I know is: when you groan with disappointment when you pick up a book to continue reading it, you need to give up - it's not worth wasting your time!


  • Herb Andy

    way too complicated, most of it explained in the epilogue at the end as the author did such a poor job of telling the story. Not as exciting as Fleming's Bond series and not as believable as Le Carre's Smiley - there are many better spy novels out there . . .


  • Linda

    I am uncertain on the dates I read this book and then saw the movie. It was one of the first books of that genre that I read, and I still like to read spy and thriller books.Thank you Mr. Deighton, for a good read.


  • Eric Wright

    This book wore me out but I kept reading since I'd bought it cheapen I gave up and dumped it.


  • Laura

    This is the first novel based on the story of the famous spy Harry Palmer who was brilliantly played by Michael Caine.


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