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The Night of Wenceslas

Lionel Davidson

A nailbiting Cold War thriller from the author of the bestselling Kolymsky Heights.

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The award-winning debut thriller from the bestselling author of Kolymsky Heights

‘Quite simply the best thriller writer around.’ Spectator

Nicolas Whistler is young, bored and in debt. When an opportunity to make some money arises, he can’t turn it down. He is sent to Prague to carry out a simple assignment, but he soon finds himself trapped between the secret police and the clutches of the mysterious Vlasta. Whether he likes it or not, Nicolas is now a spy.

‘Fast-moving, exciting, often extraordinarily funny.’ Sunday Times

‘Brilliant. Don’t miss it.’ Observer

Critic Reviews

Quite simply the best thriller writer around.

Critic Reviews

Fast-moving, exciting, often extraordinarily funny.

Sunday Times
Critic Reviews

Brilliant. Don't miss it.

Critic Reviews

Wonderful . . . Davidson manages to engage, thrill, occasionally terrify and is also often very funny indeed.

Peter Hitchens
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Stylish, ingenious and amusing . . . this first novel follows the fortunes of a young and amorous British gentleman named Nicolas Whistler who is inveigled into undertaking 'a small mission' in Czechoslovakia and soon finds himself enmeshed in intrigue and espionage.

New York Times
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So enriched with style, wit, and a sense of serious comedy that it all but transcends its kind.

New Yorker

Lionel Davidson was born in 1922 in Hull, Yorkshire. He left school early and worked as a reporter before serving in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. His first novel, The Night of Wenceslas, was published in 1960 to great critical acclaim and drew comparisons to Graham Greene and John le Carré. It was followed by The Rose…

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