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