'Writer - An Enquiry into a Novelist': The unpublished memoirs of Desmond Bagley - Master of the adventure novel. A rare glimpse into the life and experiences of the author prior to becoming a best-selling novelist. Edited by Philip Eastwood with foreword by Mike Ripley. Now available as a FREE download.
Project American – DECLASSIFIED
Courtesy of the Scott Meredith Literary Agency, Bagley Brief readers can now enjoy 'Welcome, comrade' Bagley's early science fiction novelette about Project American, originally published in the April 1964 edition of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
The Le Vasseur connection
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.
‘En garde’ – The Bagleys and the Sarnia Sword Club
The Sarnia Sword Club in Guernsey celebrates it's 50th anniversary this month, and through the years has seen some famous members including Desmond and Joan Bagley. Revealed in this story is perhaps an intriguing case of 'from fencing piste to page’.
Bagley book jacket briefing
The Bagley Brief takes a closer look at the new book jacket design for 'Domino Island' together with a redux on some interesting and unusual international covers from the 'Running Blind' archive cover art gallery.
Oliver Elmes – A life in art and design
The Bagley Brief takes a look at the life and iconic work of Oliver Elmes. Artist, senior graphic designer for the BBC and cover artist for the Hutchinson Bulls-Eye abridged edition of Bagley's novel 'Running Blind' published in 1975.
Bagley and the ‘Overload’ affair
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.
The Spoilers – Characters from the pages of history
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.
Bagley’s Iceland by road, air and sea
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.
Running Blind – The genesis of Alan Stewart
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.