Len Deighton - f. 1929 i London. Arbejdede som jernbanefunkt., fotograf, kom 20 år gammel på St Martin's School of Art og senere Royal College of Art på et stipendium. Han ernærede sig som tjener i den periode og fik interesse for madlavning. Arbejdede som illustrator i New York og senere som kunstredaktør i London.
Hans første bog (1962) var The Ipcress file. Foruden diverse gode bøger om 2. verdenskrig skrev han kogebøger. Hans litterære højdepunkt må siges at være de 8 sammenhængende bøger om den britiske spion Bernard Samson. Sceneriet er koldkrigs 80erne i såvel Storbritannien som Tyskland med et enkelt hop tilbage til årene 1900 - 1945. Slutscenen foregår i Berlin, men mindes i Californien. (... også lykken kommer for det meste af erindringer snarere end af oplevelser !).
Da jeg senest oplevede Berlin (1997 og 2005), beså jeg de beskrevne lokationer og følte næsten, at Bernard Samson gik ved siden af. Jeg har med meget stor fornøjelse haft korrespondance med Len Deighton. Indtrykket er en verdensklog, humoristisk, bredspektret og venlig personlighed - en af verdens allerstørste forfattere i sin genre.
Ordene kosmopolit og klasse diskret indpakket i en accept af sin baggrund og ægte ydmyghed overfor læseren kan virkelig anvendes her.

Len Deighton - b. 1929 i London.
Len Deighton was born in London in 1929. He worked as a railway clerk before doing his National Service in the RAF as a photographer attached to the Special Investigation Branch. After his discharge in 1949, he went to art school at the St. Martin's School of Art and then to the Royal College of Art on a scholarship. It was during his time as a waiter in the evenings that he developed an interest in cooking. He worked for a while as an illustrator in New York City and as art director of an advertising agency in London. Deighton moved to Dordogne when he decided to settle down. This is when he worked on his first book, "The Ipcress File". The book became an immediate and spectacular success when it was released in 1962. Since then he as become quite the accomplished writer with 26 works of fiction and non-fiction to his name. Most of his novels are of the genre of Spy Stories, Highly Researched War Novels and Histories.

I have had the pleasure for more than one time to be in written touch with him - discussing his books about "The Samson stories" (my favourites). His responses characterize a kind, cosmopolitican writer with sense of humour and style as well. In his genre one of the very best in the world.

Dansk Bibliografi
English overview
Len Deighton in English
Len Deighton - unofficiel website