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Ken Follett A Key To Rebecca

The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett First Edition


The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett - A First Edition Hardback

About the Book:

 “Our spy in Cairo is the greatest hero of them all.” Thus, uncompromisingly, Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, in September 1942. The man he referred to was known by some as Hussein, to others as Alex Wolff, a European businessman. Under either name, he presented as great a danger to British hopes of containing the German army as Rommel himself.


Book Type: Collectable Modern First Edition with dust jacket. Red cloth boards beneath with gilt title on spine.

GenreFiction World War Two Espionage

Edition: 1st Edition 1980 

Published by Hamish Hamilton Ltd, Garden House, 57-59 Long Acre London WC2E 9JZ

Size: 22.5cm x 14cm

311 Pages

Dust jacket photography by Beverly Lebarrow

Typography by Don Macpherson

A very good copy.

Table of contents. 

The book is split into three parts as follows:

Part One - Tobruk -  Chapters 1-10

Part Two – Mersa Matruh - Chapters 11-19

Part Three – Alam Halfa  - Chapters 20 -29


Biography of Author:

Notes from the rear flyleaf  written in 1980 including the mistake of a double ‘the’ before ‘Evening Standard.’

Ken Follett was born in Cardiff in 1949. After reading philosophy at university College London, he worked as a newspaper reporter, first for the South Wales Echo and later for the London Evening News. Whilst with the the Evening News, he wrote his first novel. Shortly afterwards he joined a publishing company, eventually becoming Deputy Managing director. He resigned in September 1977 to write full-time. He has written thrillers, children’s books, non-fiction, science fiction, short stories and scripts. His first major success was the huge bestseller Storm Island (retitled Eye of the Needle in America) This was followed by Triple. Ken Follett is married with two children and lives in France.


More about the book….

Ken Follett, in this brilliant successor to the international bestsellers Storm Island and Triple, has woven one of the most exciting novels of the Second World War around the enigmatic, ruthless character of Wolff, who arrived out of the desert, armed with a radio set, a copy of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, and his own conviction that he would triumph. Only Major William Vandam, an Intelligence officer trying to forget, and the beautiful Elene could stop Wolff’s infiltration of British troop movements and strategic plans. And it was a race against time, as Tobruk fell to the Panzer divisions, and the sky of Cairo was black with the fragments of security documents hastily burned.

The Key to Rebecca is a dramatic novel of the highest quality, but it is also an account of a subtle, intricate relationship between spy and spy-catcher, between pursuer and his prey. The stakes are the survival of the British in North Africa…or the collapse of the resistance to the Axis powers.



  • Jacket: Good.  Fairly clean.  The gilt lettering of the author’s name is fading and there is sun fade to spine.  other signs of wear. Most edges are rubbed or have small tears in them.

Boards: Age related wear, with a small mark front on the right-handed outer edge. Mark on the back cover board lower middle section.

Binding: Leaning slightly

Spine: Bright clean gilt title on spine. Some bumping and wear on board ends.

Pages.  All pages complete. The odd small spot to contents but overall bright and clean.

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