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  • Published: 31 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448156894
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

Dead and Alive




From a quiet beach in Cornwall to Italy's vice-laden underworld, this is the compelling tale of one man's search for a new beginning

When David Cunningham returns to the Cornish coast to mourn a wartime love affair, he little imagines the mysterious quest that awaits him: it will lead him to the Mediterranean, to danger and a life of adventure, to the dark world of racketeering in Naples, the bleak hills beyond Tivoli, and a woman with a tragic past.

  • Pub date: 31 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448156894
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

About the Author

Hammond Innes

Ralph Hammond Innes was born in Horsham, Sussex, on 15 July 1913 and educated at Cranbrook School, Kent. He left school aged eighteen, and worked successively in publishing, teaching and journalism. In 1936, in need of money in order to marry, he wrote a supernatural thriller, The Doppleganger, which was published in 1937 as part of a two-year, four book deal. In 1939 Innes moved to a different publisher, and began to write compulsively, continuing to publish throughout his service in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War.
Innes travelled widely to research his novels and always wrote from personal experience - his 1940s novels The Blue Ice and The White South were informed by time spent working on a whaling ship in the Antarctic, while The Lonely Skier came out of a post-war skiing course in the Dolomites. He was a keen and accomplished sailor, which passion inspired his 1956 bestseller The Wreck of the Mary Deare. The equally successful 1959 film adaptation of this novel enabled Innes to buy a large yacht, the Mary Deare, in which he sailed around the world for the next fifteen years, accompanied by his wife and fellow author Dorothy Lang.
Innes wrote over thirty novels, as well as several works of non-fiction and travel journalism. His thrilling stories of spies, counterfeiters, black markets and shipwreck earned him both literary acclaim and an international following, and in 1978 he was awarded a CBE. Hammond Innes died at his home in Suffolk on 10th June 1998.

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Praise for Dead and Alive

“Readers who quicken to the expert tempo of John Buchan's adventure stories will congratulate themselves on finding in Innes such an admirable inheritor of the high tradition”

Irish Times

“As crisply exciting as Eric Ambler and as convincingly realistic as C.S. Forester”

Sunday Times

“They say people can’t write stories anymore. Tell that to Hammond Innes”

Sunday Times

“Hammond Innes is a master of suspense”

Spectator

“Mr. Innes's readers were addicts when it came to his books, which were cinematic in sweep and sold 40 million copies”

New York Times


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