First new novel for many years from the prize-winning author of best-selling A Breed of Heroes. Legacy is the first novel of a new spy trilogy based on friendship and working relationship between the two central characters. Alan Judd is the author of the best-selling A Breed of Heroes ( over 100,000 copies sold, shortlisted for the Booker Prize and winner of the Royal Society of Literature Award for fiction). It was also turned into a very popular and well-regarded TV film. His Fordian novella The Devil's Own Work is regarded as his most original and accomplished work (it won the Guardian Fiction Prize) and his biography of Ford Madox Ford won the Royal Society of Literature Award for biography and the Heinemann Award. He is extraordinarily well-connected in the world of literature, very highly thought of, and a very fine journalist. The chief protagonist of Alan's autobiographical novel A Breed of Heroes was Charles Thorougood. Charles is resurrected in the new novel as an agent of MI6 working in London during the Cold War, with a young Soviet assistant. Unexpectedly he learns of a strange legacy left to him by his estranged father, the implications of which are much darker than expected at first. Charles and his Russian associate begin to uncover information about a Soviet plot to dump dangerously toxic and nuclear substances on mainland Britain. The Soviet operation is code-named Legacy. The book is based mainly in London at the end of the Cold War. It is a spy thriller full of unexpected twists. Le Carre's novels saw espionage as a metaphor for the treacherousness and helplessness of the human heart and Alan builds on this theme with his new novel also showing how intrinsic and close the world of espionage is to everyday life.
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From Alan Judd, winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize for The Devil?s Own Work and author of the acclaimed biography Ford Madox Ford--a mesmerizing tale from the golden age of espionage.
It is the mid-1970s, the height of the Cold War. Charles Thoroughgood, recently discharged from military service, begins, rather comically, his training at MI6. But on one of his first real assignments, the charming but inexpert spook learns from a former Cambridge classmate a secret that threatens to end his career just as it begins: Charles?s deceased father, a decorated military hero, is suspected of having worked for the KGB. As Charles struggles to uncover the truth, ultimately forced to choose between honoring his father and the inexorable code of the Secret Service, he is drawn deeper and deeper into the vortex of the international intelligence machinery--far deeper than any veteran spy, much less a novice, could ever imagine.
Authentic and elegantly told, Legacy is an utterly satisfying new take on a classic genre.
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Alan Judd is the author of A Breed of Heroes, The Devil's Own Work and the biography of Ford Madox Ford. He is currently writing a biography of the founder of MI6, Sir Mansfield Cummings. He joined the Parachute Regiment as a young man, serving all over the world. He went to Oxford University and read theology and, for many years he worked for the Foreign Office until he took early retirement to concentrate on his writing career. He reviews widely in the national press. He is married with a small daughter and lives in Sussex.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0006513565