About this website

The Bagley Brief is an archive resource written and maintained by researcher Philip Eastwood, which endeavours to promote the memory and literary legacy of the English thriller novelist Desmond Bagley. Bagley died in 1983 at the age of 59 leaving us a literary canon of seventeen published novels and a handful of short stories, articles and interviews. At the time of his death he was reputed to be one of the highest paid writers of fiction novels in the world. Remarkable considering he left school at the age of fourteen having failed to pass any exams, suffered a life-long speech impairment during an era when it was generally perceived as a social stigma, and was nearly forty years old when his first novel, The Golden Keel, was published.

This site also contains Philip’s Running Blind archive, formerly bagleysrunningblind.info, which launched on 5 January 2015 as a definitive on-line resource for Desmond Bagley’s seventh published novel, a Cold War espionage thriller set in Iceland. Material from bagleysrunningblind.info migrated to The Bagley Brief on 5 September 2016.

british_library_logoThis website has been preserved for the future by the British Library’s UK Web Archive, historic web captures of the site are available in the Legal Deposit Library Reading Rooms.

Fellow Bagley enthusiasts should also visit Nigel Alefounder’s Desmond Bagley website, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2022. Social media interaction is available via Nigel’s  Desmond Bagley Facebook page.

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