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The Man Who Saved Britain

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Ian Fleming was an upper-class wastrel who found purpose and excitement in the War, working on spying operations, finding a legitimate glamour and heroism for himself unguessed at before hostilities broke out. For him as so many others, the elation over British survival was more than stifled by the reality of the new British impotence.

By writing 'Casino Royale' and inventing the magical, parallel world of "secret" British greatness, Fleming fabricated in James Bond a durable icon - one who for millions of bored former servicemen holding down dreary jobs or for members of the ruling class - made life more bearable.

Written with humour, wit and a great deal of personal insight and affection, Simon Winder illuminates and makes sense of the oddities and contrasts which emerged in Britain as a result of the war.

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781743296172
  • Format: eBook
  • Pub Date: 01/08/2006
  • Category: Biography & True Stories / Biography: general
    Humanities / History
  • Imprint: Picador
  • Price: $16.99

Ian Fleming was an upper-class wastrel who found purpose and excitement in the War, working on spying operations, finding a legitimate glamour and heroism for himself unguessed at before hostilities broke out. For him as so many others, the elation over British survival was more than stifled by the reality of the new British impotence.

By writing 'Casino Royale' and inventing the magical, parallel world of "secret" British greatness, Fleming fabricated in James Bond a durable icon - one who for millions of bored former servicemen holding down dreary jobs or for members of the ruling class - made life more bearable.

Written with humour, wit and a great deal of personal insight and affection, Simon Winder illuminates and makes sense of the oddities and contrasts which emerged in Britain as a result of the war.

Author Information

Simon Winder is the author of the Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller Germania. He works in publishing and lives in Wandsworth Town.