Spotlight

The book world has lost one of its most beloved authors, John Le Carré (nee David John Moore Cornwell, 1931-2020).

He began writing in 1961, and most of his plots were drawn from knowledge gained as a real-life British spy in the 1950s and 1960s.  A short, heavy, and disheveled George Smiley was the unlikely secret agent in many of his books, and they became an immediate sensation.

Eventually, 11 of his books were turned into films.

Many have read his major novels (The Spy Who Came in From the Cold’ (1963), ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ (1974), and ‘The Constant Gardener’ (2001)), but you may want to try these as well:

Absolute Friends

A Delicate Truth

A Legacy of Spies

A Most Wanted Man

Some of the films include:

The Constant Gardener

A Murder of Quality

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

The Tailor of Panama

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

John le Carré: The Biography
by Adam Sisman

In this definitive biography, Adam Sisman reveals the man behind the bestselling persona. In John le Carré, Sisman shines a spotlight on David Cornwell, an expert at hiding in plain sight. Of course, the pseudonym John le Carré has helped to keep the public at a distance. Sisman probes Cornwell’s unusual upbringing, abandoned by his mother at the age of only five and raised by his con-man father (when not in prison), and explores his background in British intelligence, as well as his struggle to become a writer and his personal life. Sisman has benefited from unfettered access to le Carré’s private archive, talked to the most important people in his life, and interviewed the man himself at length.