About this website and blog
The Bagley Brief is run by literary researcher Philip Eastwood and 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 sixteen 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 lacked in formal education, left school at the age of fourteen having failed to pass any exams, suffered a life-long speech impediment and was nearly forty years old when his first novel, The Golden Keel, was published.
This site also contains the Running Blind archive, formerly bagleysrunningblind.info, a definitive on-line resource for Desmond Bagley’s seventh published novel, a Cold War espionage thriller set in Iceland.
This website and its author have been cited in the following publications, blogs & podcasts:
‘Podcast No. 19 – Running Blind – Desmond Bagley Review by Matthew Bradford’ Spybrary: Shane Whaley [online] 30th September 2017.
‘Appendix I – The Leading Players: Desmond Bagley / Notes & References’ Mike Ripley Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (London: HarperCollins, May 2017) 2017, pp. 397, 406, 414. ISBN: 978-0008172237
‘M/Fe “Tungenes” 1966-1974’ Skipsarkiv Rogaland [online] (Tau, Norway: Hatteland Maritime Info.) 4th May 2017
‘Podcast No. 9 – Running Blind’ Desmond Bagley on the Internet: Nigel Alefounder [online] 28th March 2017.
‘Bag a Bit of Bagley’ The Deighton Dossier Blog: Rob Mallows [online] 8th December 2016.
‘Bibliography – Websites’ Alan Burton Historical Dictionary of British Spy Fiction (Washington: Rowman & Littlefield, April 2016) 2016, p. 495. ISBN: 978-1442255869
‘Kim Philby: A traitor on honeymoon’ by Guy Walters The Telegraph [online] (London: Telegraph Media Group Limited, 2015) 21st March 2015.
‘Kim Philby: The smile that hides a traitor’s misery’ by Guy Walters The Sunday Telegraph (London: Telegraph Media Group Limited, 2015) 22nd March 2015, p. 24.
Note: The photographic compilations, subject of the above articles, which relate to the post-defection life of H.A.R. ‘Kim’ Philby have now been accessioned into the national collection at the Imperial War Museum in London. The IWM supports and encourages research into their collections and they are open to the public. The catalogue link for these items can be found here.
‘Eastwood in Bagley’s Footsteps’ by Steinþór Guðbjartsson Morgunblaðið (Reykjavík: mbl.is / Árvakur hf., 2015) 18th February 2015, p. 01.
‘Sumarhúsið fundið’ by Steinþór Guðbjartsson Morgunblaðið (Reykjavík: mbl.is / Árvakur hf., 2015) 20th February 2015, p. 18.
‘Hidden in plain sight’ Jeremy Duns Official Website Blog [online] 5th January 2015.
All articles, referenced and accredited material on this site is © Philip Eastwood, unless otherwise stated.