Peter Le Vasseur is an artist of international recognition, his paintings depict strong images linked to environmental themes and he was Bagley’s friend and portrait artist. Linda Le Vasseur was Guernsey’s first female ordained minister and most likely the only person to have ever interview Bagley for radio. Their friendship with the Bagleys started at a drinks reception on HMS Guernsey in June 1979.
Bagley’s connection with an adventure novel telling the tale of a weather-beaten Dakota and a cache of germanium awaiting rescue in the jungle, set amid the brutal inferno of war in Katanga.
Hidden away in a file in the Desmond Bagley collection is a rare example of how the author selected the names for the characters in one of his novels, providing us with a fascinating insight into the author's modus operandi.
A unique annotated map of Iceland, sent by Desmond Bagley to his editor in March 1970, has recently been discovered in the archives of HarperCollins Publishers. The map identifies locations mentioned in Bagley's seventh published novel Running Blind and marks the protagonists journey around the island.
A rare abandoned first draft of Desmond Bagley's novel Running Blind, discovered in the author's archived papers, provides the back story to the novel's protagonist Alan Stewart.