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My Life As A Spy (Isis Nonfiction)

Woodhead, Leslie

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ISBN 10: 0753193671 / ISBN 13: 9780753193679
Published by Isis Large Print, 2007
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Title: My Life As A Spy (Isis Nonfiction)

Publisher: Isis Large Print

Publication Date: 2007

Book Condition:Good

Edition: large type edition.

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An only child, living above a shop in post-war Halifax, Woodhead grew up with austerity and secrets. But nothing prepared him for the comically bleak RAF National Service training camps he now found himself in, nor the isolated Joint Services School for Linguistics on the East coast of Scotland. Here he was taught Russian, before being posted to an ex-Luftwaffe base in a war-scarred Berlin. In the ruins of a city gripped by espionage and paranoia, he discovers adulthood and his vocation as an observer and documenter of people.

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In 1956, like two million other men of his generation, the eighteen-year old Leslie Woodhead received a summons to serve Her Majesty. An only child, living above a shop in repressed, post-war Halifax, he had grown up with austerity and secrets. But nothing prepared him for comically bleak RAF training camps, or the grim isolation of the joint Services School for Linguistics on the east coast of Scotland. Posted to an ex-Luftwaffe base in war ravaged Berlin, a city gripped by espionage and paranoia, Woodhead was a bemused participant in a little known chapter of Cold War history which was to define his future as an observer and documenter of people. Retracing his teenage steps fifty years later, Leslie has written a highly atmospheric memoir of coming of age during the peculiar circumstances of the early Cold War, and a poignant reflection on how our lives can be formed by events and experiences we don’t comprehend at the time.

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