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Shelf life: CHARLES CUMMING

Sneak a peek at the bookshelf of spy author Charles Cumming, with Judith Spelman

Cited as a natural heir to John Le Carré, Charles Cumming reckons there are at least seven authors more suited to the title. Born in Scotland in 1971, Charles was approached for recruitment by the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) in 1995. A year later he moved to Montreal where he began working on a novel based on his experiences with MI6, and A Spy by Nature, introducing the first in the Alec Milius series, was published in the UK in 2001. In 2012, he won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller and the Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year for A Foreign Country, the first of his Thomas Kell novels. He also writes standalone novels such as his latest, The Man Between.

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