Novelist who predicted Benghazi is dead

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His spy thrillers tantalized readers with violence and sex but intrigued foreign diplomats and CIA officials with his insider knowledge of hot spots.

Gérard de Villiers, a French conservative who was a reporter before he started churning out pulp fiction with a James Bond-like hero, seemed to have the gift of prophecy. Continue reading

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Funny money

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Jane Austin purists put their tea cups down with a clunk this week when the Bank of England displayed a mockup of the planned 10 pound note that will honor the author. It’s the quotation from Pride and Prejudice on the bill that’s left them aghast: “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!”

The Guardian calls it a blunder. … Continue reading

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Pooh bear was a spy. Bother.

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A.A. Milne started writing Winne-the-Pooh for his son, Christopher Robin. The first book was published in 1926.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that the man who wrote “people say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day” worked for the government.

A.A. Milne — the (real) father of Christopher Robin and whimsical progenitor to Winnie-the-Pooh — was a spy … Continue reading

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