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Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Enter Nick Talbot

This month has seen the publication of Myrrha Stanford-Smith's The Great Lie, the first part of what promises to be a fascinating trilogy describing the adventure-strewn life of aristocratically-born Nick Talbot. Talbot, actor and undercover agent, gets embroiled through his involvement with playwright and spy Christopher Marlowe in the murky world of intrigue in Elizabethan England. His adventures - political, thespian and sexual - take him across Europe and mix him with some of the leading shady figures of the day. Click here to read the prologue to The Great Lie posted on the website of the publisher, Honno, the Welsh Women's Press.

When the Soviet Union collapsed and the Cold War came to an abrupt end, there was speculation that the spy novel would never recover from the apparent loss of subject matter. John Le Carre was not alone in proving the sceptics wrong and now Myrrha Stanford-Smith has given the genre a whole new twist. Never, has been observed, say never again.

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