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A Rough Shoot

Author: Geoffrey Household Published: Michael Joseph Ltd 1951 Pictured: J.M. Dent and Sons Ltd Paperback 1984 I love the ‘innocent bystander’ type spy story. I have talked about them before. They are the classic wrong place at the wrong time scenario. It is the innocent person who stumbles in on an incident or who gets […]

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Free Country

Author: Jeremy Duns Publisher: Simon & Schuster Published: August 2010 For the past few days, I have been looking at Geoffrey Household’s book Rogue Male. It is a testament to the strength of the novel, that its impact can still be felt in contemporary spy novels. Today, I am going to look at Free Country, […]

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Mud, Blood and Torture

When American President Ronald Reagan mentioned that he had watched Rambo: First Blood Pt II prior to a press conference in 1985, it catapulted the character of John Rambo into popular culture. He became an icon of the 1980s. Even today, most people know who the character is – their memories being refreshed by a […]

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Rogue Male (1976)

Country: United Kingdom Director: Clive Donner Starring: Peter O’Toole, John Standing, Alastair Sim, Harold Pinter, Michael Byrne, Mark McManus, Ray Smith Music: Chris Gunning Based on the novel by Geoffrey Household This version of Rogue Male is allegedly a birthday present from Peter O’Toole, to his wife, Sian, based on her favourite novel. I must […]

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Man Hunt (1941)

Country: United States Director: Fritz Lang Starring: Walter Pidgeon, George Sanders, Joan Bennett, John Carradine, Roddy McDowall, Ludwig Stössel, Heather Thatcher, Frederick Worlock, Holmes Herbert Music: Alfred Newman Based on the novel ‘Rogue Male’ by Geoffrey Household Geoffrey Household’s book, Rogue Male, caused a sensation upon release. The sheer simple idea that a man could […]

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Rogue Male

Author: Geoffrey Household Publisher: Chatto & Windus First published: 1939 Pictured: Penguin Books paperback edition 1979 As someone who loves to read spy thrillers, I often find myself reading books that – to put it simply – are ‘old’. And I’ll admit, that while I enjoy reading these historical pieces, that due to the advancement […]

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