Friday, September 21, 2007

This press release is just in from Bloomsbury, via their NZ agents Allen & Unwin:

Major Motion Picture Deal for AGENT ZIGZAG, by Ben MacIntyre

A dazzling review in the New York Times turned early film interest into a major bidding war for movie rights to Ben Macintyre’s AGENT ZIGZAG: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover, Traitor, Hero, Spy, published by Bloomsbury in the UK earlier this year, and by Harmony in the States this month.
(Author pic, right, from the New York Times).

In AGENT ZIGZAG, Macintyre presents the first, complete story of Eddie Chapman, a criminal, con man, and philanderer who was recruited and trained by the Nazis at the beginning of World War II. Chapman quickly became a master of espionage, and while on a mission to destroy an airplane factory in Britain, contacted the M15, Britain’s Secret Service, thus beginning his life as a double-agent.
For the next four years he would continue to work for the Germans, all the while spying on his comrades on behalf of the Allied forces. Smart, cunning, and completely unpredictable, Chapman was as much hero as he was villain, one who made an indelible mark on history.

A real-life James Bond figure, Chapman’s “incredible wartime adventures, recounted in Ben Macintyre’s rollicking, spellbinding ‘Agent Zigzag,’ blend the spy-versus-spy machinations of John le Carré with the high farce of Evelyn Waugh” (William Grimes, The New York Times).

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