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Making Enemies

Bennett, Francis

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ISBN 10: 0575065524 / ISBN 13: 9780575065529
Published by Victor Gollancz, Ltd., London, 1998
Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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First U.K. edition; first printing, full number line (1-5). Inscribed, signed, and dated by the author in blue ink on the half-title page: "To J-- and D-- / with much love / Francis / 22 March 1998." The author's debut novel, uncommon signed. Bound in black cloth-covered boards with a gold lettered spine. Book is tight and unmarked; spine slant; corners sharp, spine ends lightly bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price L16.99). Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 003620

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Title: Making Enemies

Publisher: Victor Gollancz, Ltd., London

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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Making Enemies is the first volume in Francis Bennett's Cold War trilogy which is being reissued in Faber Finds. It centres around the race for the hydrogen bomb in 1947, a deadly global game of institutionalized deceit and lies in which human life is the cheapest commodity of all. Brilliantly evoking the paranoid and mutual mistrust of those early days of the Cold War this novel was widely acclaimed on first publication. One critic said, 'Le Carre could not have done it better.' For Michael Hartland is was the thriller of the year. The best, longest and most considered review was by Phillip Knightley (author of The Second Oldest Profession: Spies and Spying in the Twentieth Century) who said variously 'only a novelist could explain what it what like to live for so many years in the shadow of nuclear annihilation; ... Yet it is more than the intelligent reader's spy thriller and comparisons with other spy writers do not do it justice; ... Like all the best historical novels, the authenticity of background and time lend the story added credibility. I have never read the relationship between an intelligence officer and his pawn described so well ... It is hard to find fault with this debut novel. The writing is first class, the characters are all believable and the main theme of the book is engrossing.'

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Francis Bennett was educated at Radley and Cambridge. He worked in publishing for nearly twenty years, finally as the Group Managing Director of Thomson Books. In 1987 he co-founded Book Data, the first bibliographic agency anywhere to introduce full information about titles. He was its Managing Director from 1987 until 2005 when he was appointed Chairman. He retired from Nielsen BookData in 2006.For many years Francis Bennett served as the Vice-Chairman of the Book Development Council, the export department of the UK'S Publishers Association. He has Chairman of the Society of Bookmen and has served on many other boards, committees and panels. He has received a British Book Award 'Lifetime Achievement'. He now acts as a publishing consultant.

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