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  1. Ever heard of the Bona-fides Bond? He was a real spy called Bill Fairclough (MI6 codename JJ) aka Edward Burlington and while there aren’t any films made about him to date there is one hell of an espionage thriller released so far about his real life exploits.

    Beyond Enkription (intentionally misspelt) is a must read for espionage cognoscenti and the first stand-alone spy thriller in The Burlington Files autobiographical series by Bill Fairclough (MI6 codename JJ, aka Edward Burlington). It’s a raw and noir matter of fact pacy novel. Len Deighton and Mick Herron could be forgiven for thinking they co-wrote it. Coincidentally, a few critics have nicknamed its protagonist “a posh Harry Palmer.”

    This elusive and enigmatic novel is a true story about a maverick accountant (Edward Burlington in Porter Williams International aka Bill Fairclough in Coopers & Lybrand now PwC in real life). In 1974 in London he began infiltrating organised crime gangs, unwittingly working for MI6. After some frenetic attempts on his life he was relocated to the Caribbean where, “eyes wide open” he was recruited by the CIA and headed for shark infested waters off Haiti.

    If you’re an espionage cognoscente you’ll love this monumental book. In real life Bill was recruited by MI6’s unorthodox Colonel Alan Brooke Pemberton CVO MBE and thereafter they worked together on and off into the 1990s. Pemberton’s People included Roy Astley Richards (Winston Churchill’s bodyguard), one eccentric British Brigadier (Peter ‘Scrubber’ Stewart-Richardson) who tried to join the Afghan Mujahideen, Peter Goss an SAS Colonel and JIC member involved in the Clockwork Orange Plot concerning Prime Minister Harold Wilson and even the infamous rogue Major Freddy Mace, who highlighted his cat burgling and silent killing skills in his CV.

    This epic is so real it made us wonder why bother reading espionage fiction when facts are so much more exhilarating. Atmospherically it’s reminiscent of Ted Lewis’ Get Carter of Michael Caine fame. If anyone ever makes a film based on Beyond Enkription they’ll only have themselves to blame if it doesn’t go down in history as a classic thriller … it’s the stuff memorable films are made of.

    Whether you’re a le Carré connoisseur, a Deighton disciple, a Fleming fanatic, a Herron hireling or a Macintyre marauder, odds on once you are immersed in it you’ll read this titanic production twice. For more detailed reviews visit the Reviews page on TheBurlingtonFiles website or see other independent reviews on your local Amazon website and check out Bill Fairclough’s background on the web.

  2. Hi Brenda,
    those pumpkins almost look like a orange waterfall flowing down the stairs. Stunning! I love Autumn so much; you have all the warm amber colors that just pop. Also, the fall vegetables that we love roasted now that the weather has turned cooler. Comfort food all the way!
    Albert Einstein’s quote are words to truly live by.
    I hope your rehab is going well. My husband has just had his right knee replaced a little over a month ago and it has been quite eye opening to watch his SLOW progress. But his pain is totally gone! He will see his orthopedic surgeon next week. He will have the left knee done next year. He was set to have his surgery and then Covid hit. He had all his pre-surgical work-up done including seeing a Cardiologist. We both had the Moderna vaxxes last spring. Turns out a side effect of taking these shots is myocarditis for both men and women! The cardiologist took films in 2020 and then in this year the evidence was clear. My husband is 76 and one of the few people that has NEVER smoked anything in his life.
    Hope your weekend is a good one. Give Ivy a love pet for me.

  3. Love, love, love Einstein’s insightful quote.
    Who knew he had thoughts other than theoretical physics?

  4. Thanks for the post today. I’m like Laura, I really think that first photo is stunning. All that beautiful orange.

  5. Cute Halloween decos to buy next yr. This yr Halloween came up way too fast! Next yr I’ll start buying a few things even earlier before all the cute things sell out! Lol
    Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

  6. Love the Einstein quote – I was not familiar w this one. BRB… I need to make the Jalapeno Popper dip and Roasted Crispy Brussel Sprouts!Thanks for the great inspo and ideas today!

  7. That first picture of all those pumpkins and leaves on the porch is beautiful!! I wish I could have that same look. My porch is cute, but not nearly as stunning as that porch is!

  8. Brenda, I kept wondering why there were big blank places in the posts I get from you. By accident I discovered there were pictures there. I use Mozilla/Foxfire for my browser. I don’t know if that is the reason, but when I tried to go to another browser I got tons of popups and invasive things. I’m not sure what to do. I look forward to your posts every single day, but realized I’m missing out on a lot. I know you can’t control this, but just want to say, I love getting your post each and every morning. Sandra

    1. I’m not sure I understand. I also use Firefox. Are you saying you don’t see any of the photos I post? Do you use an ad blocker? If you have an ad blocker it should get rid of ads.

  9. I love the wicker chairs (Cindy Hattersley pic)!
    I’m reading an oldie – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carré.

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