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Lionel Davidson (1922–2009)

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Lionel Davidson was born in Hull, Yorkshire on March 31, 1922. He left school early and worked as office boy at the Spectator magazine, which published his first short story when he was 15. At 17, he was writing syndicated features for the Morley Adams Group. During World War II, he served as a visa mer telegraphist with the Royal Navy's submarine service in the Pacific. After the war, he joined the Keystone Press Agency as a freelance reporter. His first novel, The Night of Wenceslas, was published in 1960 and won the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger Award and the Author's Club First Novel Award. It was adapted into a film entitled Hot Enough for June starring Dirk Bogarde in 1964. His other works include The Rose of Tibet and Kolymsky Heights. He also won the CWA's Gold Dagger Award for A Long Way to Shiloh in 1966 and The Chelsea Murders in 1978. In 2001, he was awarded the CWA's Cartier Diamond Dagger lifetime achievement award. He also wrote children's books under the pen name David Line. He died on October 21, 2009 at the age of 87. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

Inkluderar namnen: Lional Davidson, Lionel Davidson, DAVIDSON LIONAL

Inkluderar även: David Line (2)


(eng) Lionel Davidson also published children's novels under the pseudonym David Line.

Verk av Lionel Davidson

Kolymsky Heights (1994) 659 exemplar
The Rose of Tibet (1962) 272 exemplar
The Menorah Men (1966) 237 exemplar
Nätter i Prag (1960) 203 exemplar
Under Plum Lake (1980) 106 exemplar
Morden i Chelsea (1977) 106 exemplar
Smith's Gazelle (1971) 68 exemplar
The Sun Chemist (1976) 51 exemplar
Making Good Again (1968) 49 exemplar
Run for Your Life (1970) 29 exemplar
Mike and Me (1976) 9 exemplar
Das große Krimi- Lesebuch. (1992) 8 exemplar
Screaming High (1985) 7 exemplar

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Allmänna fakta

Andra namn
Line, David (pseudonym)
Hull, Yorkshire, England, UK
London, England, UK
London, England, UK
spy novelist
short story writer
Royal Navy (WWII)
Priser och utmärkelser
Cartier Diamond Dagger 2001
Kort biografi
Lionel Davidson was born in Yorkshire, one of nine children of an immigrant Jewish tailor. The family moved to Streatham in south London when he was a small child. He left school at age 14 and worked for The Spectator magazine as an office boy. He managed to get one of his first stories published in the magazine under a pseudonym. Later he became a reporter for the Keystone Press Agency. During World War II, he served in the Far East with the Submarine Service of the Royal Navy. At the end of the war, he returned to the Keystone Agency and became fiction editor of John Bull magazine in 1955 before traveling around Europe as a freelance reporter. It was during one of these trips that he got the idea for his first thriller, The Night of Wenceslas, published in 1960. The novel was an instant bestseller and immediately pushed Davidson into the front ranks of the thriller genre. The book won the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger Award (the top prize for crime and spy fiction in Britain) as well as the Authors' Club First Novel Award. It was adapted as a film in 1964 called Hot Enough for June. Davidson's second novel, The Rose of Tibet (1962) was equally well received. A Long Way to Shiloh (1966) won Davidson his second Gold Dagger, and he achieved an unprecedented third with The Chelsea Murders (1978). The Chelsea Murders was also adapted for television as part of Thames TV's Armchair Thriller series in 1981. Davidson moved with his family to Israel in 1968. Three of his novels are set in that country. He also wrote film scripts, short stories, and children's fiction such as Under Plum Lake (1980), as well as several others written under the pen name David Line. He did not produce another thriller until Kolymsky Heights (1994), which won international acclaim and introduced its author to a new generation of readers. In 2001, he received the CWA's Cartier Diamond Dagger award for lifetime achievement and "a significant contribution to crime fiction published in the English language."
Lionel Davidson also published children's novels under the pseudonym David Line.



An enjoyable page-turner with some wonderful descriptive writing, particularly of the frozen wastes of Siberia. However, too many loose ends and implausible scenarios to make this a truly great spy thriller
Keith_Ldn | 40 andra recensioner | Feb 7, 2024 |
It does what it says on the cover: 'adventure thriller'. It's hard not to turn the pages...
breathslow | 40 andra recensioner | Jan 27, 2024 |
This one is old-style thriller. Pace is intentionally slowed down for the sake of side-quests so to speak - like romance between a main character and soldier woman tasked with protecting him or constant verbal battles between main character and his academia opponents - and this has a direct effect on the story itself.

If you like slow paced thrillers that takes time to give you background on a society (be it England or Israel) then this is book for you.

If you are expecting fast paced action story - then you might want to skip this one.

Action scenes are frenetic and very realistic. I truly enjoyed them, just wished there was more actual action than talk.

All in all highly recommended to all fans of good adventure story.
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Zare | 1 annan recension | Jan 23, 2024 |
Very exciting thriller set in Siberia with super secret Russian base, lots of Artic ethnic groups and a daring swashbuckling hero.
Matt_B | 40 andra recensioner | Jan 10, 2024 |



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