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Books: Len Deighton's London Dossier

March 4, 2018

Len Deighton's London Dossier is a guide book from 1967, with stunning Penguin design (the cover flap lifts to reveal a photograph of Twiggy). The content of the book is every chapter is prefaced by writing from Deighton (riding high from the wave of success his debut novel The Ipcress File had started), then a contributor (broadsheet writers from the time) writes the individual chapters.


There are some gems of social history detail and the book has been referenced as a source of research by Nick Hornby in Funny Girl (some copies came with some excerpts of London Dossier as a bonus 'extra feature') and Anthony Quinn in Eureka.


It's worth picking up as an interesting addition to your bookshelf, especially if you're interested in how 'Swinging London' was sold to the rest of the world.




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