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0374169748
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978-0374169749
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Eric Ambler
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Farrar Straus & Giroux; 1st American ed edition (July 1, 1986)
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233 pages
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Ambler used the pseudonym Eliot Reed for books co-written with Charles . Eric Ambler's Revisionist Thrillers: Epitaph for a Spy, A Coffin for Dimitrios, and The Intercom Conspiracy.

Ambler used the pseudonym Eliot Reed for books co-written with Charles Rodda. 1 Life In contrast to most other spy novels published before his, the protagonists in Ambler's novels are rarely professional spies, policemen or operatives; they are usually amateurs who find themselves unwillingly in the company of hardened criminals, revolutionaries, or spies. The protagonist usually begins out of his depth, a bumbling anti-hero surprised to find himself facing.

Here lies : an autobiography. Here lies : an autobiography. by. Ambler, Eric, 1909-. Ambler, Eric, 1909-, Authors, English, Spy stories. New York : Farrar, Straus Giroux.

This autobiography was written when Ambler was in his mid-seventies, living in tax exile in Switzerland. Eric wins a scholarship to an engineering college, unfortunately, just as he decides to become a playwright. It has the same relaxed, urbane, ironic and amused tone of voice as his later novels. Attends engineering courses.

Eric Ambler was born in London on June 28, 1909. Ambler toured in the late 1920s as a music-hall comedian and wrote plays, following in the footsteps of his parents, who were entertainers

Eric Ambler was born in London on June 28, 1909. Ambler toured in the late 1920s as a music-hall comedian and wrote plays, following in the footsteps of his parents, who were entertainers. After studying engineering at London University from 1924 to 1927, he took an apprenticeship in engineering at the Edison Swan Electric Company. When the company became part of Associated Electrical Industries, he worked in its advertising department and wrote avant-garde plays in his spare time.

I have read Ambler's books so many times I can summarize their plots. He is the greatest, in my humble opinion

I have read Ambler's books so many times I can summarize their plots. He is the greatest, in my humble opinion. So When I saw he had written an autobiography, I paid for the download and dove into it. The interesting things about it were, first, that he is descended from entertainers. His relatives were puppeteers and music hall performers.

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Winner of the Edgar Award, Eric Ambler’s autobiography Here Lies is an intriguing look inside the mind of one of our greatest thriller writers

Winner of the Edgar Award, Eric Ambler’s autobiography Here Lies is an intriguing look inside the mind of one of our greatest thriller writers. Here the famously recalcitrant Ambler peels back the layers of experience that affected his life with the same skill he uses to unfold the plots of his novels. His South London childhood; his brief engineering career, which he gave up to work in theater; his time as an advertising copywriter; the publication of his revolutionary spy novels in the 1930s and ’40s, including such early classics as A Coffin for Dimitrios and Journey into Fear; his service.

The English author describes his life, the development of his literary career, and his experiences in the Army during World War II
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  • Cktiell
Ambler fans like me will find intriguing details about an odd, Dickensian childhood that presumably shaped the groundbreaking thrillers of one of the last century's greatest storytellers. But there is scant detail about Ambler the writer (how did he dream up those marvelous plots?) or Ambler the man. Like so many first-rate writers, he was an expert observer of people, places and predicaments, but not so expert at looking at himself, whether out of old-fashioned modesty or because he just didn't find that subject particularly interesting.
  • Ynap
This is one of the later collections of FSF's work, having been published in 1957. It contains some of his short stories which do not appear in any other collection. It also contains some of his essays, none of which I had ever read before. They were most revealing. The essays, written in first person, make one realize that Fitzgerald is always front and center in most of his writings, whether fiction or an essay. It is always about something he has experienced, as painful as it might be. I have a new respect for the pride and seriousness that he put into his writings. He was a true professional.
  • Rainshaper
Here Lies Eric Ambler, by Eric Ambler

Was Eric Ambler the "greatest thriller writer"? John Buchan, E. PhilipOppenheim, and Ian Fleming may not agree. Ambler's early novels set a high level that were not continued in his later novels. If a successful novel reflects the concerns of its audience, a change in either results in a lesser success. The twelve chapters in this book represent his recollections of his life, and the war. This book lacks a Table of Contents and an Index, like a mystery novel.

Chapter 1 describes his driving accident in Switzerland, and his experiences on a book tour in America. Chapter 2 tells about his family background and early life and schooling. Chapter 3 tells of his teen-age years. Eric won a full scholarship to an engineering college (Chapter 4). But he cut classes to attend trials and earn money (p.69). Eric learned to sell unwanted light bulbs by inventing an advantage for its defect (p.89). Chapter 6 tells of his years in advertising before the war.

Chapter 7 tells of his life and beginning career as a writer (pp.120-121). His first novel was "The Dark Frontier". Next "Background to Danger" (p.123) based on information from refugees and other sources. On vacation in Tangier he planned "Epitaph for a Spy" (p.128); a newspaper paid to serialize it. Ambler vacationed at a small resort where he wrote "Cause for Alarm" (Chapter 8). His next book was "The Mask of Dimitrios". When the Hitler-Stalin Pact was announced Ambler and Louise left Paris for England and were married. He wrote a series of short detective stories about a Czech refugee "Dr. Czissar", and began writing "Journey into Fear" (p.155). Ambler went to America to give talks, then returned to England after the Fall of France.

Ambler was called up to the Army (Chapter 9). He would be a driver for a mechanized Army. Next an Officer Cadet for AA gunnery (p.169). Then he was transferred to a unit that made training films: important for teaching new recruits (p.181). Chapter 10 explains how things worked in making films during wartime. Ambler was sent to Italy as the British representative for an American film unit. Chapter 11 tells of the filming in San Pietro. Cameramen had a higher than average casualty rate (p.204). Ambler was recalled to England to make a politically sensitive Army training film (Chapter 12). It was successful (p.218). Ambler tells of other events in the post-war years.

Ambler's first five successful novels made his reputation. His later books were of a lesser quality. Did working on films drain his talent for books? Or was he handicapped by living in the literary world and being rich and famous?
  • Enalonasa
It's difficult to believe that this is the first review of Eric Ambler's autobiography, for Ambler is widely recognized as the inventor of the modern suspense novel. Furthermore, many of his fans -- including this reviewer -- believe that Ambler has never been surpassed in this genre. Personally, I would go still further and say that I have never read any author in any genre who surpasses Ambler as a writer.

In this brilliantly understated autobiography Ambler puts forth the warts and all details of his youth and adulthood which caused a talented young prospective engineering student to abandon this respectable profession and turn to the writing of novels in a genre which, before he refined it, was held in low esteem. I won't pretend that his autobiography is as exciting as his masterful novels of intrigue, but it is very interesting and Ambler fans who read it will better understand this incredibly talented maverick author.