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 a formal education, left school at the age of fourteen, 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, a definitive on-line resource for Desmond Bagley’s seventh published novel, a Cold War espionage thriller set in Iceland.

Philip’s Twitter account @TheBagleyBrief complements this website and material from fellow Bagley enthusiast Nigel Alefounder’s Desmond Bagley website and Facebook account is also promoted.

All articles, referenced and accredited material on this site is © Philip Eastwood, unless otherwise stated.