“From Tradecraft and Trench Coats to Magic and Adventure: When Spies Write for Children” is an article by Henry Schlesinger out now in Publishers Weekly.
Schlesinger writes: “That so many former spies became novelists is not surprising. To resort to an easy aphorism, both professions tell lies to tell truths. However, that children’s literature has also attracted its fair share of intelligence practitioners is more than a little unexpected. Espionage, among the most pragmatic of professions, is not known for its whimsy. If truth be told, espionage credibly ranks among the least whimsical of professions.” He covers Grahame Greene, illustrated with our portrait; Roald Dahl; Ian Fleming, and A. A. Milne.