Simon Winder, Publishing Director at Penguin Press, has bought five "remarkable and prescient" Eric Ambler thrillers, to be republished as Penguin Modern Classics in May 2009 for Ambler’s centenary. The titles are Journey into Fear, introduction by Norman Stone, Epitaph for a Spy, introduction by James Fenton, The Mask of Dimitrios, introduction by Mark Mazower, Cause for Alarm, introduction by John Preston, and Uncommon Danger, which is introduced by Thomas Jones.
Ambler wrote these novels in the 1930s, as the clouds of war gathered, and he is often credited as being the "inventor" of the spy thriller. The five books retain a remarkable sense of the dread and terror that engulfed Europe in those years.
Friday, December 12, 2008
5 Eric Ambler thrillers to become Penguin Modern Classics