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Lionel Davidson Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Night of Wenceslas (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rose of Tibet (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Long Way to Shiloh (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Making Good Again (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Smith's Gazelle (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sun Chemist (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Chelsea Murders / Murder Games (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Under Plum Lake (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kolymsky Heights (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon

Lionel Davidson was a British author of fiction.

Davidson was born in the United Kingdom on March 31, 1922 in Hull, Yorkshire. He was known for writing spy thrillers. He was an internationally known writer and had received much acclaim for his adventure, spy and thriller novels. He won the Gold Dagger Award three times for his novels. Lionel also used the pen name of David Line to compose children’s books.

Lionel was born as one out of a total of nine children to a tailor, a Jewish immigrant. He would end up leaving school earlier than expected. Lionel got a job working as an office boy for a magazine called The Spectator. He was employed in their London offices. He would later choose to join with the Keystone Press Agency.

When World War II arrived, he served for the Royal Navy in their submarine service division. Once the war was over, Lionel came back home and back to the Keystone Agency. He would go all across Europe working and traveling doing freelance reporting work. During one of the trips in particular, he first had the idea that would become his first book.

The Night of Wenceslas was published in 1960. The thriller novel takes place during the time of the Cold War. Set in Czechoslovakia, the story features the main character of Nicholas Whistler from London. The 24 year old goes to Prague on business, but then the trip goes horribly wrong. The book was published and did well, successfully selling many copies. It also appeared in a green Penguin jacket. The novel won the Gold Dagger Award from the Crime Writers’ Association and a First Novel Award from the Author’s Club. The book was made into a movie with the title Agent 8 3/4, also known as Hot Enough for June. It was directed by Ralph Thomas and stars Dirk Bogarde as Nicholas Whistler.

His follow up novels such as 1962’s The Rose of Tibet, the 1966 novel A Long Way to Shiloh, and The Chelsea Murders in 1978 all did very well. Shiloh would result in the author being awarded a Gold Dagger Award for the second time, with The Chelsea Murders earning him a third. The Chelsea Murders would be adapted into a television series in 1981 called Armchair Thrillers. He was also the author of the 1984 movie Big Truck and Sister Clare.

The author would take some time off from writing thrillers after The Chelsea Murders was published. For over a decade, he did not compose a thriller. In 1994, his work Kolymsky Heights was published and received much positive attention. He received the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement for his work contributing to English language published crime fiction.

He was married in his lifetime to Fay Jacobs, who passed away in 1988. Davidson passed away in north London on October 21, 2009, after being ill for some time.

The Night of Wenceslas is the first novel to come out from Lionel Davidson. The main character in it is Nicholas Whistler. He’s a relatively young man at twenty-four years of age. But he also has a lot going on in his life.

For one, Nicholas is struggling with all of the debt that he’s built up. He’s been working for what used to be his family business but is frustrated as all of his attempts to get higher in the business are ultimately foiled.

Nicholas decides that he wants to go on a trip that will take him from the city of London to Prague. His goal is likely to smuggle industrial secrets out there. However, when the truth about those secrets is that they’re atomic, Nicholas is in way deeper waters than he could have imagined. Just like that, all of the plans that he has set start to come apart.

Check out this thriller novel for yourself and read to the end to find out what happens!

The Rose of Tibet is the second novel to come out from author Lionel Davidson.

This book tells the story of main character Charles Houston. When he finds out that his brother is in Tibet but has somehow become lost, the brother is concerned. He leaves the city of London with the intent of doing whatever it takes to track his brother down.

The journey will take Charles to many different locations. He goes to India, Sikkim, various exotic locations, and then Tibet. There he falls in love with a Yamdring monastery abbess named Mei-Hua.

This story takes place when the communist Chinese were invading Tibet. As Charles does his best to look for his brother, will he find him alive? Will he be able to track down any types of answers that tell him what happened to him? Read The Rose of Tibet to catch all of the dramatic action for yourself!

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