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Spies Study Guide (Download)

84 pages


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Studying Spies is an 84-page photocopiable Video PDF to support your teaching of the novel.

The print material includes:

  • a wide range of activities on plot, theme and character
  • a close focus on structure, perspective and narrative voice
  • unusual and stimulating approaches to the study of language, form and structure
  • contextual material (for example, historical, social, literary and biographical) integrated into the study of the novel in ways which develop students' critical and evaluative skills
  • a wide range of short but provocative critical extracts.

The video interview with Michael Frayn complements and extends the print material, offering fascinating insights into the process of writing and the world of the novel, including discussion of: the theme of spying, the methods of narration, the structure of the novel, representations of childhood, the use of motifs and 1940s Britain.

A note on the text

Please note, this is an edited version of the print publication (2005). Copyright restrictions prevent the inclusion of text extracts in the download edition. Where extracts from the novel were included in the print edition, page references are now given to the paperback edition of Spies published by Faber and Faber in 2002. Where necessary activities have been adapted.

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Alternatively, download the zipped folder of .flv files and play them using vlc media player. (If you are using Windows 10 or above, this seems to be the best solution.)

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