Four copies of David Jarvis novel The Collation Unit to give away in competition
There is a new spy novel that’s a bit different. It centres on how the Secret Services coped when they began receiving too much information as electronic methods improved.
The Falklands War brought this matter to a head and the recently-established Collation Unit, located six floors beneath a Cotswold wartime airfield and staffed by a small group of ex-GCHQ staff, rose to prominence.
More importantly, this unit began to challenge the old-school thinking of the Secret Services in ‘London’.
The Collation Unit believed that an incident in the Middle East in 1982 should take precedence over the Falklands War given its wider international implications; London disagreed.
As is so often the case, it eventually fell upon an innocent individual to try to sort matters out.
One minute he was irrigating the golf courses of Surrey and the next minute working in Saudi Arabia to pay off his mortgage after a small incident involving a fire.
The Collation Unit is a light and funny novel that builds to an unexpected ending. Take yourself back to a time pre-mobile phones and the internet.
It is available now in both printed and electronic forms.
We’ve teamed up with author David Jarvis to offer four copies of the novel to Free Press readers in an easy-to-enter competition.
Answer the following queston and email your answers, marked ‘COLLATION UNIT BOOK COMPETITION’, to jeremy.ransome@iliffe publishing.co.uk, including your name, full address and daytime contact number.
Or write your answer on a postcard and send to: Lincs Free Press, 4 Francis Street, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 1AT.
QUESTION: Who is the author of ‘The Collation Unit’?
Entries must be with us by 5pm next Tuesday, May 17.