The KnowHow Book of Spycraft by Falcon Travis, Judy Hindley

The KnowHow Book of Spycraft

Written by Falcon Travis, Judy Hindley
Illustrated by Colin King

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An ever-popular title, this was one of the very first books published by Usborne forty years ago. The then ground-breaking design still looks very strong today and this fact-packed introduction to secret codes, tricks and disguises is as beguiling now as it was when it first appeared. Modern spying may have got more electronic and sophisticated by young novices will be delighted but what they find here.


The KnowHow Book of Spycraft by Falcon Travis, Judy Hindley

Usborne has revived The KnowHow Book of Spycraft for the 40th Anniversary.
It is one of the first Usborne books to be published, in 1975, and is Peter Usborne's all-time favourite, the Black Hat Spy is based upon Peter Usborne himself and his infamous wide-brimmed black hat. The book was actually used in evidence at the high court trial of Soviet spy Oleg Gordievsky, who testified that this book gave away the KGB's tradecraft.

The author, Falcon Travis, remains a mystery to this day......


'A fascinating book packed with hands-on projects for children to try out - and who isn't fascinated by spies, codes and secrets? ...this would be a brilliant book to use as a theme for a children's party' - Parents in Touch'

'The moment [the book] arrived and I turned to the first page I was hit by a wave of nostalgia... you could do a lot worse than buy a copy for your reluctant reader son or daughter, although don't be too surprised when they start acting furtive, go through your clothes in search of disguises and add an extra potato to your weekly shopping list so that they can make invisible ink' - The Book Zone

'Can inject an awful lot of excitement and intrigue into a rainy afternoon' - Playing by the Book

'The perfect book for boys or girls who revel in puzzles, code-cracking and brain-taxing stuff... brilliant fun and Colin King's fantastic illustrations remind me why Usborne books have always been a cut above the rest when it comes to interesting content and fab subjects' - Read it Daddy

'The ideal book for children with enquiring minds and a hint of mischief!' - Creative Steps

'A feast of fun, facts and fiendish spycraft skulduggery!' - Lancashire Evening Post

'Hours of pleasure for little spies everywhere' - Book Reviews for Mums

About the Author

Falcon Travis remains a mystery to this day.

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48 pages


Falcon Travis, Judy Hindley
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Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

1st June 2013




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