John le Carré

David John Moore Cornwell, better known as John le Carré, was the author of acclaimed espionage novels including Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy and Smiley’s People. During a brief career in the secret services his third novel, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1963), became an international best-seller and he left MI6 to become a full-time author. Many of his books have been adapted for film and television, including The Constant Gardner, which starred Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes.  

Although he began as an espionage writer, his works transcended the genre and he won widespread international acclaim as a humanitarian, as well as a literary heavyweight. In 2020 he won the Swedish Olof Palme Prize for “extraordinary contribution to the necessary fight for freedom, democracy and social justice.” and donated the $100,000 prize to Médecins Sans Frontières 

John le Carré’s last novel, Agent Running in the Field, was written ‘in a fever’ after the Referendum of 2016 and reflects on a generation of young men and women horrified by the current state of the country but with no movement to which they can attach themselves. Published to worldwide acclaim in October 2019 his last novel was as prescient about our contemporary divided world as his early novels had been about the Cold War. Le Carré died of pneumonia in 2020 at the age of 89.  

There are moments which are made up of too much stuff for them to be lived at the time they occur

John le Carré, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

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Alec Leamas is tired. It’s the 1960s, he’s been out in the cold for years, spying in the shadow of the Berlin Wall for his British masters. Now Control wants to bring him in at last – but only after one final assignment. He must travel deep into the heart of Communist Germany and betray his country, a job that he will do with his usual cynical professionalism. But when George Smiley tries to help a young woman Leamas has befriended, it may prove the worst thing he could ever have done. 

Tinkter, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

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A mole, implanted by Moscow Centre, has infiltrated the highest ranks of the British Intelligence Service, almost destroying it in the process. And so former spymaster George Smiley has been brought out of retirement in order to hunt down the traitor at the very heart of the Circus – even though it may be one of those closest to him. 

The Constant Gardener

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Tessa Quayle, a brilliant and beautiful young social activist, has been found brutally murdered by Lake Turkana in Nairobi. The rumours are that she was faithless, careless, but her husband Justin, a reserved, garden-loving British diplomat, refuses to believe them. As he sets out to discover what really happened to Tessa, he unearths a conspiracy more disturbing, and more deadly, than he could ever have imagined.

The Little Drummer Girl

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Charlie, a brilliant and beautiful young actress, is lured into ‘the theatre of the real’ by an Israeli intelligence officer. Forced to play her ultimate role, she is plunged into a deceptive and delicate trap set to ensnare an elusive Palestinian terrorist. 

Agent Running in the Field

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Nat is not only a spy, he is a passionate badminton player. His regular Monday evening opponent is half his age: the introspective and solitary Ed. Ed hates Brexit, hates Trump and hates his job at some soulless media agency. And it is Ed, of all unlikely people, who will take Prue, Florence and Nat himself down the path of political anger that will ensnare them all. Agent Running in the Field is a chilling portrait of our time, now heartbreaking, now darkly humorous, told to us with unflagging tension by the greatest chronicler of our age. 

“It’s the new millennium. People must be allowed to screw up
their lives as they see fit

John le Carré, The Constant Gardene

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