Eric Ambler (London, United Kingdom, June 28, 1909 – 22 October 1998 was a British novel.) He was also a screenwriter and film producer


Eric Ambler had a happy childhood according to his own autobiography (Here Lies: An Autobiography, 1985) in which narrates with humor and modesty part of life that will become master of the new novel of espionage. In 1928 he received his engineering degree, but prefers to devote to advertising, profession exercised until the end of the Second World War and alternates with the novel. Between 1936 and 1940, he wrote six novels of espionage will become classics.

(Once drafted, remain in the British army for six years, serving in the battalions of film propaganda, writing scripts and making films in battle, places where known to john huston). After the war the American adventure in Hollywood try without success. Write some scripts, but shortly after he returned to the novel.

He decides to return to Europe in 1958. He continued to write novels until 1981.

Eric Ambler contribution will be essential to raise thriller to noble literature category. The novel will be the genus preferred by Ambler, since it allowed him to express his political opinions, although it will never fall into the illusions of utopias. His characters are ordinary people, often to spies without it, anti-heroes find forces exceeding by far. Often Ambler uses his business experience and his training as an engineer to verisimilitude their stories using a very British sense of humour and an inimitable writing style.


* 1936 – Gloomy borders (“The dark frontier”)

* 1937 – uncommon danger

* 1938

o Epitaph for a spy (“Epitaph for a spy”)

o Cause for alarm (“Cause for alarm”)

* 1939

o The mask of Dimitrios (“The mask of Dimitrios”). Film adaptation of Jean negulesco in 1944

o The Army of the Shadows

* 1940 – Journey to fear (“Journey into fear”). Norman foster Istanbul film in 1943.

* 1950 – Skytip

* 1951

o Process Delchev (“Judgment on Deltchev”)

o Aim to Danger

* 1953

o Case Schirmer (“The Schimer inheritance”)

o The Maras Affair

* 1954 – Charter to Danger

* 1956 – Twilight visitors (“The night-comers”)

* 1958 – Passport to Panic

* 1959 – Traffickers of weapons (“passage of arms”)

* 1962 – The daylight (“The Light of Day”). 1964 Topkapi of jules dassin film

* 1963 – Know kill (“The Ability to Kill: And Other Pieces”)

* 1964 – New rage (“A Kind of Anger”)

* 1967 – A dirty history (“Dirty story”)

* 1969 – Conspiracy Intercom (“The Intercom conspiracy”)

* 1972 – Blackmail in the East (“The Levanter”)

* 1974 – Dr. Frigo

* 1976 – Do not send more Roses (“send no more roses”)

* 1981 – Elapsed time (“The care of time”)

* 1985 – Memories (“Here Lies: An Autobiography”)



* 1943: the new Lot, directed by Carol reed

* 1944: The way ahead, directed by Carol reed

* 1947: the october Man, directed by roy ward baker

* 1949: Passionate friends (The passionate friends), directed by David Lean

* 1950: Secret weapons (highly dangerous), directed by roy ward baker

* 1951: The magic box, directed by john boulting

* 1951: Encore, directed by harold french

* 1952: The card, directed by Ronald neame

* 1953: the Cruel Sea, directed by Charles frend

* 1953: rough shoot, directed by Robert parrish

* 1954: The purple plain, directed by Robert parrish

* 1954: lease of life, directed by Charles frend

* 1957: Yangtze Incident: The Story of HMS amethyst, based on the Yangtze incident, directed by Michael anderson

* 1958: The last night of the Titanic (A night to remember), directed by roy ward baker

* 1959: The lost ship mystery (The wreck of the Mary Deare), directed by Michael anderson

* 1962: Rebellion aboard (Mutiny on the Bounty), directed by Lewis milestone

* 1971: love hate love (TV), directed by George mccowan


* 1947: the october Man, directed by roy ward baker

* 1949: Passionate friends (The passionate friends), directed by David Lean