Len Deighton

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18, 1929
London, England
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18, 1929 (age 92)
London, England


A military historian, graphic artist, cookbook author and fiction writer, he is best known for his spy novel, The IPCRESS File (1962), which was later adapted into a film. His other published works include Declarations of War (1971), Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Spy (1976), and Basic French Cooking (1979).

Before Fame

He developed an interest in spy stories after witnessing the arrest of Nazi spy, Anna Wolcoff, when he was eleven years old. In his early adulthood, he worked for the Special Investigation Branch of the Royal Air Force.


He created the first British cover for Jack Kerouac's famous novel, On the Road.

Family Life

He was born in London to a mechanic and chauffeur father and a cook mother. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1955.

Associated With

His novel, The IPCRESS File, was made into a film starring Michael Caine.