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The Life Line, With an introduction by Miles Jupp and David Stenhouse


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Phyllis Bottome was a highly regarded author in the 40’s and 50’s and The Life Line was first published by Faber on rationed paper in 1946. Phyllis and her husband set up a school in Austria where Ian Fleming was sent to after he was kicked out of Eton to learn to write. Seven years later his Casino Royale was published an almost direct copy of The Lifeline. The second book in the Muswell Classic Espionage Series. Available for the first time in 30 years

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Phyllis Bottome was a highly regarded prolific author in the mid 20th century. With her husband Ernan Forbes Dennis, a former diplomat and spy, she set up a school in Kitzbühel, Austria and it was there, after he was thrown out of Eton, that she taught Ian Fleming to write. Amongst her many bestsellers was The Mortal Storm made into a prescient anti-fascist film which became a Hollywood blockbuster starring James Stewart. She died in London in 1963.

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