Len Deighton


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in London, The United Kingdom
February 18, 1929

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Deighton was born in Marylebone, London, in 1929. His father was a chauffeur and mechanic, and his mother was a part-time cook. After leaving school, Deighton worked as a railway clerk before performing his National Service, which he spent as a photographer for the Royal Air Force's Special Investigation Branch. After discharge from the RAF, he studied at St Martin's School of Art in London in 1949, and in 1952 won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1955.

Deighton worked as an airline steward with BOAC. Before he began his writing career he worked as an illustrator in New York and, in 1960, as an art director in a London advertising agency. He is credited with creating the first British cover for Jack Kerouac's On the R
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“Do you ever make silly mistakes? It is one of my very few creative activities.”
Len Deighton

“What Douglas had once seen as the attractive over-confidence of youth, now looked more like unyielding selfishness.”
Len Deighton

“When they ask me to become president of the United States I'm going to say, "Except for Washington D.C.”
Len Deighton, Spy Hook

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