The Ipcress File

The Ipcress File Review

Len Deighton’s classic first novel, whose protagonist is a nameless spy – later christened Harry Palmer and made famous worldwide in the iconic 1960s film starring Michael Caine.

The Ipcress File was not only Len Deighton’s first novel, it was his first bestseller and the book that broke the mould of thriller writing.

For the working class narrator, an apparently straightforward mission to find a missing biochemist becomes a journey to the heart of a dark and deadly conspiracy.

The film of The Ipcress File gave Michael Caine one of his first and still most celebrated starring roles, while the novel itself has become a classic.

Title:The Ipcress File
Edition Language:English

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  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”Weapons aren’t terrible,” I said. “Areoplanes full of passengers to Paris, bombs full of insecticide, cannons with a man inside at a circus--these aren’t terrible. But a vase of roses in th...

  • Susan

    “What chance did I stand between the Communists on one side and the Establishment on the other…”Len Deighton’s first novel features the unnamed spy, re-christened Harry Palmer in the film vers...

  • Lance Charnes

    The Ipcress File is one of those novels that, burnished by the passage of time and forgetfulness, is now considered to be a classic in its genre. It was supposedly quite the trendsetter back in 1962, ...

  • Lisa (Harmonybites)

    This has been praised as a literary thriller that helped shape the espionage thriller genre, and I've seen Deighton compared to Dickens, contrasted favorably to Ian Fleming.Frankly, this struck me as ...

  • Nooilforpacifists

    It's hard to believe this was Deighton's first book. Had I written something as clever, sarcastic, and thrilling as this, I would have stopped there, and admired myself in the mirror for a decade. Goo...

  • Ammar

    This is Len Deighton debut written in 62The anonymous narrator describes a certain operation to a gov official and to us readers it looks like a long letter with footnotes and appendices. The unnamed ...

  • Phil

    Hmmmmmmm - I was looking forward to this book. I've long been a fan of the Michael Caine movie based on this novel, and having read the Bond books a couple of years ago and working through the Smiley ...

  • Peter

    Well that was a slow read. One of the most famous spy novels and with good reason, a dense confusing read that requires a lot of focus.To rush this is to do it a dis-service, so take time and enjoy.So...

  • Ed

    I really, really wanted to enjoy this more and maybe the fault was partly my own for thinking it was going to be one of those novels I could read in 20 minute snatches on my daily commute, but despite...

  • W

    Deighton,Fleming,Le Carre,all these British spy writers bore me big time.But,at least,Fleming and Le Carre came from an intelligence background,Deighton didn't.The Ipcress File was Deighton's first sp...