Review supplied by Rob Larkins

This book is the final part of the trilogy ‘Faith, Hope, and Charity’, which is part of a whole series (the other trilogies being ‘Game, Set, and Match’, and ‘Hook, Line, and Sinker’). Although you can read each book in its own right, I would recommend you read all of them in order, to fully appreciate this fantastic series.

Charity is set in the era of the Cold War, during the 70s and 80s. It is a very gripping spy novel, featuring the character Bernard Samson and his work in the SIS. Samson is not university educated, like his colleagues, yet is extremely clever and skillful.

Len Deighton is a brilliant author, and I have actually read this trilogy (and many of Deighton’s other books) several times. Even though the books are 25 years old and written in a time when the Berlin Wall was still in place, they are just as exciting to read today as when they were first released. The author also writes well about the emotional aspects of being a spy and working in the intelligence agencies, building up a believable picture of the personal sacrifices necessary, (particularly experienced by Samson’s wife).

Highly recommended.



Charity (Samson) (Paperback)

By (author): Len Deighton

Title: Charity <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: Len Deighton <>Publisher: Harper Collins Paperbacks
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