John le Carre - Author

About the Author

John le Carré was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. For the last fifty years he has lived by his pen. He divides his time between London and Cornwall. His works include The Spy Who Came in from the Cold; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Smiley's People; The Little Drummer Girl; A Perfect Spy; The Russia House; and Absolute Friends.

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Featured books by John le Carre

A Legacy of Spies

A Legacy of Spies

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/05/2018

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, has retired to his family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London are to be scrutinised by a generation with no memory of the Cold War. Somebody must be made to pay for innocent blood once spilt in the name of the greater good. Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own story, John le Carre has given us a novel of superb and enduring quality.

The Pigeon Tunnel Stories from My Life

The Pigeon Tunnel Stories from My Life

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

'Out of the secret world I once knew, I have tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit. First comes the imagining, then the search for reality. Then back to the imagining, and to the desk where I'm sitting now.' From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion, to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, John le Carre has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his first memoir, le Carre is as funny as he is incisive - reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. Whether he's writing about the parrot at a Beirut hotel that could perfectly mimic machine gun fire, or visiting Rwanda's museums of the unburied dead in the aftermath of the genocide, or celebrating New Year's Eve with Yasser Arafat, or interviewing a German terrorist in her desert prison in the Negev, or watching Alec Guinness preparing for his role as George Smiley, or describing the female aid worker who inspired the main character in his The Constant Gardener, le Carre endows each happening with vividness and humour, now making us laugh out loud, now inviting us to think anew about events and people we believed we understood. Best of all, le Carre gives us a glimpse of a writer's journey over more than six decades, and his own hunt for the human spark that has given so much life and heart to his fictional characters.

The Pigeon Tunnel Stories from My Life

The Pigeon Tunnel Stories from My Life

Author: John le Carre Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2016

'Out of the secret world I once knew, I have tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit. First comes the imagining, then the search for reality. Then back to the imagining, and to the desk where I'm sitting now.' From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion, to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, John le Carre has always written from the heart of modern times.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

The classic Cold War thriller, published as a Penguin Essential for the first time. Alec Leamas is tired. 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, Leamas's mission may prove to be the worst thing he could ever have done.

The Night Manager

The Night Manager

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/2016

At the start of it all, Jonathan Pine is merely the night manager at a luxury hotel. But when a single attempt to pass on information to the British authorities - about an international businessman at the hotel with suspicious dealings - backfires terribly, and people close to Pine begin to die, he commits himself to a battle against powerful forces he cannot begin to imagine. Also in the episode that aired 13 March John le Carre himself had a cameo ... did you spot it. If not check out the video clip below.

Smiley Versus Karla Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the Honourable Schoolboy, Smiley's People

Smiley Versus Karla Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the Honourable Schoolboy, Smiley's People

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2011

Stalking each other through this twilight landscape are the incomparable George Smiley and his ruthless opposite number, codenamed Karla, the Soviet case officer who has been slowly masterminding the Circus's ruin. Their extraordinary duel not only raised the spy novel to new heights of realism and complexity, it also constitutes one of the major triumphs of contemporary fiction, confirming John le Carre as a profound chronicler of the post-war world and a novelist of unfailing humanity.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/06/2011

The Circus has already suffered a bad defeat, and the result was two bullets in a man's back. But a bigger threat still exists. And the legendary George Smiley is recruited to root out a high-level mole of thirty years' standing - though to find him means spying on the spies. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is brilliant and ceaselessly compelling, pitting Smiley against his Cold War rival, Karla, in one of the greatest struggles in all fiction.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/11/2009

The enduring novel by one of our greatest storytellers. George Smiley, who is a troubled man of infinite compassion, is also a single-mindedly ruthless adversary as a spy.   The scene which he enters is a Cold War landscape of moles and lamplighters, scalp-hunters and pavement artists, where men are turned, burned or bought for stock. Smiley's mission is to catch a Moscow Centre mole burrowed thirty years deep into the Circus itself.

Other books by John le Carre

The Little Drummer Girl

The Little Drummer Girl

Author: John le Carre Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

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. The Little Drummer Girl is a thrilling, deeply moving and courageous novel of our times.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/09/2018

The first part of John le Carre's acclaimed Karla Trilogy, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sees the beginning of the stealthy Cold War cat-and-mouse game between the taciturn, dogged George Smiley and his wily Soviet counterpart. 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. 'A stunning story' Wall Street Journal 'A great thriller, the best le Carre has written' Spectator THE FIFTH GEORGE SMILEY NOVEL

Absolute Friends

Absolute Friends

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/09/2018

'One of his most enthralling creations' Daily Telegraph Broke and working as a tour guide in Germany, rootless Englishman Ted Mundy catches a glimpse of an old friend hiding in the shadows. A friend he thought was lost to him. A friend who took him from radical 1960s Berlin to life as a double agent. Now, decades later, the Cold War is over and the war on terror has begun. Sasha has another mission for them both, but this time it is impossible to tell the difference between allies - and enemies. Set in a world of lies and shifting allegiances, Absolute Friends is a savage fable of our times. 'Thoroughly gripping' Sunday Times

Single & Single

Single & Single

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/09/2018

'An adventure that takes us to the ends of the earth via the rich but often barren landscape of the human heart' The Times Why was an English lawyer shot dead in Turkey by his firm's top client? How can a down-at-heel magician in Devon explain the vast fortune that has mysteriously appeared in his daughter's trust fund? With customs officer Nat Brock on the trail, the answers point to the House of Single - once a respectable finance company, now entangled with a Russian crime syndicate. West is pitted against East, and the British establishment against a labyrinthine criminal superpower, in le Carre's searing novel of lives built upon lies. 'A masterly work, faultless fiction of the highest order' Glasgow Herald

A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/09/2018

'One of the most sophisticated fictional responses to the war on terror yet published' Guardian An illegal Muslim immigrant arrives in Hamburg with a traumatic past and the key to a fortune held in a private bank. He says his name is Issa. To the idealistic young human rights lawyer Annabel, determined to save him from deportation, he is a worthy cause. To the intelligence services of Britain, Germany and America, however, he is a potential jihadist - and a pawn between them as they seek to make a kill in the war on terror. A Most Wanted Man is a gripping and disquieting story of paranoia, disillusionment and betrayal in the moral no-man's land of the post-9/11 world. 'A first-class novel about the most pressing concerns of our time' Daily Telegraph

The Little Drummer Girl

The Little Drummer Girl

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/09/2018

'Wonderful' The New York Times Charlie, a jobbing young English actress, is accustomed to playing different roles. But when the mysterious, battle-scarred Joseph recruits her into the Israeli secret services, she enters the dangerous 'theatre of the real'. As she acts out her part in an intricate, high-stakes plot to trap and kill a Palestinian terrorist, it threatens to consume her. Set in the tragic arena of the Middle East conflict, this compelling story of love and torn loyalties plays out against the backdrop of an unwinnable war. 'The Little Drummer Girl is about spies as Madame Bovary is about adultery or Crime and Punishment about crime' The New York Times

The Naive and Sentimental Lover

The Naive and Sentimental Lover

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/09/2018

'Splendid ... le Carre shows how endowed he is with the gift of storytelling' The Times Aldo Cassidy is a cautious man. He has a pleasant family, drives a safe, expensive car and wears luxurious clothes. But his soothing existence is upended when he meets Shamus and Helen - a dazzling, bohemian couple who are everything he is not. As he is drawn into their reckless and unpredictable orbit, all that Cassidy thought he understood about his orderly life begins to unravel. Told with le Carre's lacerating wit and penetrating observation, The Naive and Sentimental Lover is an acerbic satire of middle-class hypocrisies. 'Le Carre is the equal of any novelist now writing' Guardian

The Honourable Schoolboy

The Honourable Schoolboy

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/09/2018

In the second part of John le Carre's Karla Trilogy, the battle of wits between spymaster George Smiley and his Russian adversary takes on an even more dangerous dimension. George Smiley, now acting head of the Circus, must rebuild its shattered reputation after one of the biggest betrayals in its history. Using the talents of journalist and occasional spy Jerry Westerby, Smiley launches a risky operation uncovering a Russian money-laundering scheme in the Far East. His aim: revenge on Karla, head of Moscow Centre and the architect of all his troubles. 'Energy, compassion, rich and overwhelming sweep of character and action' The Times 'A remarkable sequel ... the achievement is in the characters, major and minor ... all burned on the brain of the reader' The New York Times THE SIXTH GEORGE SMILEY NOVEL

The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/09/2018

'The book breathes life, anger and excitement' Observer 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. A blistering expose of global corruption, The Constant Gardener is also the moving portrayal of a man searching for justice for the woman he has barely had time to love. 'A cracking thriller' Economist

The Mission Song

The Mission Song

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/09/2018

'Mesmerising' Sunday Times As an interpreter of African languages, Bruno Salvador is much in demand. He makes it a principle to remain neutral - no matter what he hears. But when he is summoned on a secret job for British Intelligence, he is told he will have to get his hands dirty. His mission is to help bring democracy to the Congo - democracy that will be delivered at the end of a gun barrel. The Mission Song is an excoriating depiction of a corrupt world where loyalty can be bought and war is simply an opportunity to settle old scores. 'Simply astonishing ... a formidably sophisticated work of fiction' Charles Cumming

Smiley's People

Smiley's People

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/09/2018

The concluding part of John le Carre's celebrated Karla Trilogy, Smiley's People sees the last confrontation between the indefatigable spymaster George Smiley and his great enemy, as their rivalry comes to a shattering end. A Soviet defector has been assassinated on English soil, and George Smiley is called back to the Circus to clear up - and cover up - the mess. But what he discovers sends him delving into the past, on a trail through Hamburg and Paris to Cold War Berlin - and a final showdown with his elusive nemesis, Karla. 'An enormously skilled and satisfying work' Newsweek 'We are all Smiley's people, a kind of secular god of intelligence' New Yorker THE SEVENTH GEORGE SMILEY NOVEL

A Perfect Spy

A Perfect Spy

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/09/2018

'The best English novel since the war' Philip Roth Magnus Pym - ranking diplomat, consummate Englishman, loving husband, secret agent - has vanished. Has he defected? Gone to ground? As the hunt for Pym intensifies, the secrets of his life are revealed: the people he has loved and betrayed, the unreliable con-man father who made him, the two mentors who moulded and shaped him, and now wish to claim this perfect spy as their own. Described by le Carre as his most autobiographical novel, A Perfect Spy is a devastating portrayal of a man who has played different roles for so long, he no longer knows who he is. 'Le Carre understood that espionage is an extreme version of the human comedy, even the human tragedy. A Perfect Spy will very likely remain his greatest book' New Yorker

Call for the Dead

Call for the Dead

Author: John le Carre Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/05/2018

After a routine security check by George Smiley, civil servant Samuel Fennan apparently kills himself. When Smiley finds Circus head Maston is trying to blame him for the man's death, he begins his own investigation, meeting with Fennan's widow to find out what could have led him to such desperation. But on the very day that Smiley is ordered off the enquiry he receives an urgent letter from the dead man. Do the East Germans - and their agents - know more about this man's death than the Circus previously imagined? Le Carre's debut novel, Call for the Dead, introduced the tenacious and retiring George Smiley in a gripping tale of espionage and deceit.

A Legacy of Spies

A Legacy of Spies

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/05/2018

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, has retired to his family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London are to be scrutinised by a generation with no memory of the Cold War. Somebody must be made to pay for innocent blood once spilt in the name of the greater good. Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own story, John le Carre has given us a novel of superb and enduring quality.

A Legacy of Spies

A Legacy of Spies

Author: John le Carre Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 07/09/2017

Penguin presents the unabridged, audiobook CD edition of A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre. Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, has retired to his family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London are to be scrutinised by a generation with no memory of the Cold War. Somebody must be made to pay for innocent blood once spilt in the name of the greater good. Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own story, John le Carre has given us a novel of superb and enduring quality.

Legacy of Spies

Legacy of Spies

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 05/09/2017

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe undisputed master returns with a riveting new bookhis first Smiley novel in more than twenty-five yearsPeter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications. Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carre has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back:The Spy Who Came in from the ColdandTinker Tailor Soldier Spy. In a story resonating with tension, humor and moral ambivalence, le Carre and his narrator Peter Guillam present the reader with a legacy of unforgettable characters old and new.

A Legacy of Spies

A Legacy of Spies

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2017

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, has retired to his family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London are to be scrutinised by a generation with no memory of the Cold War. Somebody must be made to pay for innocent blood once spilt in the name of the greater good. Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own story, John le Carre has given us a novel of superb and enduring quality.

Perfect Spy

Perfect Spy

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 17/08/2017

Julian Rhind-Tutt is Magnus Pym in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast adaptation of John le Carre's superb spy novel. 'Love is whatever you can still betray. Betrayal can only happen if you love.' So says Magnus Pym, the spy of the title; and he has betrayed a lot in his life - countries, friends, family and lovers. When Magnus disappears after his father's funeral, MI6 launches an urgent manhunt to prevent his defection. But Pym is on a search of his own - to unravel the mystery of what made him the perfect spy. Summer 2017 is going to be the SUMMER OF SMILEY with the publication of A Legacy of Spies and the return of George Smiley. With various promotions running across all of the Penguin and Penguin Classic channels there isn't a better time for the this new BBC Radio 4 dramatisation,

Smiley's People

Smiley's People

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/2017

The murdered man had been an agent - once, long ago. But George Smiley's superiors at the Secret Service want to see the crime buried, not solved. Smiley will not leave it at that, not when it might lead him all the way to Karla, the elusive Soviet spymaster . . . Smiley's People is a thrilling confrontation between one of the most famous spies in all fiction and his Cold War rival, Karla. Like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Honourable Schoolboy, it is as tense and unforgettable as only le Carre's novels can be.

The Honourable Schoolboy

The Honourable Schoolboy

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/2017

It is a beleaguered and betrayed Secret Service that has been put in the care of George Smiley. A mole has been uncovered at the organisation's highest levels - and its agents across the world put in grave danger. But untangling the traitor's web gives Smiley a chance to attack his Russian counterpart, Karla. And part-time spy Jerry Westerby is the weapon at Smiley's disposal. The Honourable Schoolboy is remarkable and thrilling, one of three books (together with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley's People) to feature the legendary clash between Smiley and Karla, two brilliant spymasters on opposite sides of the Cold War.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/2017

The enduring novel by one of our greatest storytellers. George Smiley, who is a troubled man of infinite compassion, is also a single-mindedly ruthless adversary as a spy. The scene which he enters is a Cold War landscape of moles and lamplighters, scalp-hunters and pavement artists, where men are turned, burned or bought for stock. Smiley's mission is to catch a Moscow Centre mole burrowed thirty years deep into the Circus itself.

The Pigeon Tunnel Stories from My Life

The Pigeon Tunnel Stories from My Life

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

'Out of the secret world I once knew, I have tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit. First comes the imagining, then the search for reality. Then back to the imagining, and to the desk where I'm sitting now.' From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion, to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, John le Carre has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his first memoir, le Carre is as funny as he is incisive - reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. Whether he's writing about the parrot at a Beirut hotel that could perfectly mimic machine gun fire, or visiting Rwanda's museums of the unburied dead in the aftermath of the genocide, or celebrating New Year's Eve with Yasser Arafat, or interviewing a German terrorist in her desert prison in the Negev, or watching Alec Guinness preparing for his role as George Smiley, or describing the female aid worker who inspired the main character in his The Constant Gardener, le Carre endows each happening with vividness and humour, now making us laugh out loud, now inviting us to think anew about events and people we believed we understood. Best of all, le Carre gives us a glimpse of a writer's journey over more than six decades, and his own hunt for the human spark that has given so much life and heart to his fictional characters.

The Tailor of Panama

The Tailor of Panama

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/02/2017

'A work of rare brilliance' The Times Charmer, fabulist and tailor to Panama's rich and powerful, Harry Pendel loves to tell stories. But when the British spy Andrew Osnard - a man of large appetites, for women, information and above all money - walks into his shop, Harry's fantastical inventions take on a life of their own. Soon he finds himself out of his depth in an international game he can never hope to win. Le Carre's savage satire on the espionage trade is set in a corrupt universe without heroes or honour, where the innocent are collateral damage and treachery plays out as tragic farce. 'A tour de force in which almost every convention of the classic spy novel is violated' The New York Times Book Review

Der Taubentunnel

Der Taubentunnel

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 09/09/2016

"e;Mitreiend, unterhaltsam und spannend wie einen Thriller erzahlt le Carre in Der Taubentunnel sein Leben."e; Eckart Baier, BuchjournalWas macht das Leben eines Schriftstellers aus? Mit dem Welterfolg Der Spion, der aus der Kalte kam gab es fur John le Carre keinen Weg zuruck. Er kundigte seine Stelle im diplomatischen Dienst, reiste zu Recherchezwecken um den halben Erdball - Afrika, Russland, Israel, USA, Deutschland -, traf die Machtigen aus Politik- und Zeitgeschehen und ihre heimlichen Handlanger.John le Carre ist ein exzellenter und unabhangiger Beobachter, mit untruglichem Gespur fur Macht und Verrat. Aber auch fur die komischen Seiten des weltpolitischen Spiels.In seinen Memoiren blickt er zuruck auf sein Leben und sein Schreiben.Die Memoiren eines Jahrhundertautors

The Pigeon Tunnel Stories from My Life

The Pigeon Tunnel Stories from My Life

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/09/2016

THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER 'Out of the secret world I once knew, I have tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit. First comes the imagining, then the search for reality. Then back to the imagining, and to the desk where I'm sitting now.' The Pigeon Tunnel, John le Carre's memoir and his first work of non-fiction, is a thrilling journey into the worlds of his 'secret sharers' - the men and women, who inspired some of his most enthralling novels - and a testament to the author's extraordinary engagement with the last half-century. The reader is swept along not just by the chilling winds of the Cold War or by the author's frightening journeys into places of terrible violence but, most importantly, by the author's inimitable voice. In this astonishing work we see our world, both public and private, through the eyes of one of this country's greatest writers. 'No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times' Guardian 'John le Carre is as recognizable a writer as Dickens or Austen' Financial Times 'When I was under house arrest I was helped by the books of John le Carre ... they were a journey into the wider world ... These were the journeys that made me feel that I was not really cut off from the rest of humankind' Aung San Suu Kyi

Pigeon Tunnel

Pigeon Tunnel

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2016

';Recounted with the storytelling elan of a master raconteur by turns dramatic and funny, charming, tart and melancholy.' -Michiko Kakutani,The New York TimesThe New York Times bestselling memoir from John le Carre, the legendary author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy;The Spy Who Came in from the Cold; andThe Night Manager, now an Emmy-nominated television series starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie.John le Carre's new novel, A Legacy of Spies,is now available.From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, le Carrehas always written from the heart of modern times.In this, his first memoir,le Carre is as funny as he is incisive, reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. Whether he's writing about the parrot at a Beirut hotel that could perfectly mimic machine gun fire or the opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth; visiting Rwanda's museums of the unburied dead in the aftermath of the genocide; celebrating New Year's Eve 1982 with Yasser Arafat and his high command; interviewing a German woman terrorist in her desert prison in the Negev; listening to the wisdoms of the great physicist, dissident, and Nobel Prize winner Andrei Sakharov; meeting with two former heads of the KGB; watching Alec Guinness prepare for his role as George Smiley in the legendary BBC TV adaptations ofTinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spyand Smiley's People; or describing the female aid worker who inspired the main character inThe Constant Gardener, le Carre endows each happening with vividness and humor, now making us laugh out loud, now inviting us to think anew about events and people we believed we understood. Best of all, le Carre gives us a glimpse of a writer's journey over more than six decades, and his own hunt for the human spark that has given so much life and heart to his fictional characters.

The Pigeon Tunnel Stories from My Life

The Pigeon Tunnel Stories from My Life

Author: John le Carre Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 31/08/2016

From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion, to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, John le Carre has always written from the heart of modern times.The Pigeon Tunnel gives us a glimpse of the writer's journey over more than six decades, and his own hunt for the human spark that has given so much life to his fictional characters.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

The classic Cold War thriller, published as a Penguin Essential for the first time. Alec Leamas is tired. 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, Leamas's mission may prove to be the worst thing he could ever have done.

John le Carre, Novels (Box Set) Volume 1

John le Carre, Novels (Box Set) Volume 1

Author: John le Carre Format: Book Release Date: 30/06/2016

A box set of John le Carre's exceptional and thrilling first five novels, collected together for the first time: Call for the Dead A Murder of Quality The Spy Who Came in from the Cold The Looking Glass War A Small Town in Germany

The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatization

The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatization

Author: John Le Carre, Ursula K. Le Guin Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/06/2016

The complete collection of acclaimed BBC Radio dramas based on John le Carre's bestselling novels, starring Simon Russell Beale as George Smiley. With a star cast including Kenneth Cranham, Eleanor Bron, Brian Cox, Ian MacDiarmid, Anna Chancellor, Hugh Bonneville and Lindsay Duncan, these enthralling dramatisations perfectly capture the atmosphere of le Carre's taut, thrilling spy novels. Call for the Dead is the first Smiley novel, which sees him looking into an apparent suicide only to uncover a murderous conspiracy; A Murder of Quality finds Smiley investigating a murder in a private school; The Spy Who Came in from the Cold introduces Alec Leamas, a British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters; The Looking Glass War features former spy Fred Leiser, lured back from retirement to investigate a claim that Soviet missiles are being installed close to the West German border; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the first book in the Karla trilogy, and sees Smiley searching for a mole who has infiltrated the Circus; The Honourable Schoolboy sees Smiley determined to destroy his nemesis, Karla, and his spy networks; Smiley's People finds George Smiley called out of retirement to exorcise some Cold War ghosts from his clandestine past; The Secret Pilgrim sees Smiley invited to dine with the eager new recruits at the Circus. He offers them his thoughts on espionage and, in doing so, prompts a former colleague to re-examine his own eventful secret life. 'A radio triumph...Simon Russell Beale's pitch-perfect master spy' - Financial Times . Duration: 19 hours.

Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas

Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 02/06/2016

The complete collection of acclaimed BBC Radio dramas based on John le Carre's bestselling novels, starring Simon Russell Beale as George Smiley. With a star cast including Kenneth Cranham, Eleanor Bron, Brian Cox, Ian MacDiarmid, Anna Chancellor, Hugh Bonneville and Lindsay Duncan, these enthralling dramatisations perfectly capture the atmosphere of le Carre's taut, thrilling spy novels. Call for the Dead is the first Smiley novel, which sees him looking into an apparent suicide only to uncover a murderous conspiracy;A Murder of Quality finds Smiley investigating a murder in a private school; The Spy Who Came in from the Cold introduces Alec Leamas, a British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters; The Looking Glass War features former spy Fred Leiser, lured back from retirement to investigate a claim that Soviet missiles are being installed close to the West German border; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the first book in the Karla trilogy, and sees Smiley searching for a mole who has infiltrated the Circus; The Honourable Schoolboy sees Smiley determined to destroy his nemesis, Karla, and his spy networks; Smiley's People finds George Smiley called out of retirement to exorcise some Cold War ghosts from his clandestine past; The Secret Pilgrim sees Smiley invited to dine with the eager new recruits at the Circus. He offers them his thoughts on espionage and, in doing so, prompts a former colleague to re-examine his own eventful secret life. 'A radio triumph...Simon Russell Beale's pitch-perfect master spy' - "e;Financial Times"e;. Duration: 19 hours.

The Night Manager

The Night Manager

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/2016

At the start of it all, Jonathan Pine is merely the night manager at a luxury hotel. But when a single attempt to pass on information to the British authorities - about an international businessman at the hotel with suspicious dealings - backfires terribly, and people close to Pine begin to die, he commits himself to a battle against powerful forces he cannot begin to imagine. Also in the episode that aired 13 March John le Carre himself had a cameo ... did you spot it. If not check out the video clip below.

Our Game

Our Game

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/01/2016

Le Carre's post-Cold War masterpiece, filled with suspense, betrayal, desire and drama The Cold War is over and retired secret servant Tim Cranmer has been put out to pasture, spending his days making wine on his Somerset estate. But then he discovers that his former double agent Larry -- dreamer, dissolute, philanderer and disloyal friend - has vanished, along with Tim's mistress. As their trail takes him to the lawless wilds of Russia and the North Caucasus, he is forced to question everything he stood for. Set in a fragmented, uncertain post-Soviet world, le Carre's brutal story of falsehoods and betrayal shows men playing dangerous games beyond their control.

Marionetten

Marionetten

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2014

Alle Romane von John le Carre jetzt als E-Book! - Ein junger Tschetschene reist illegal nach Deutschland ein. Dort gerat er sofort in das Fadenkreuz verschiedener Geheimdienste, die ihn verbissen jagen. Sein Schicksal scheint besiegelt, fruher oder spater wird man ihn verhaften und nach Russland abschieben. Doch dann bekommt er unerwartete Hilfe von einer jungen Anwaltin und Burgerrechtlerin. Es beginnt ein gnadenloser Wettlauf und ein Kampf zwischen Gewissenlosigkeit und Nachstenliebe, eiskaltem Kalkul und Gleichgultigkeit. "e;Der zornige Roman eines Schriftstellers, der realisiert, dass die Regierungen der westlichen Welt und ihre Geheimdienste nichts begriffen haben."e; Der Spiegel

Absolute Freunde

Absolute Freunde

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 27/12/2013

Alle Romane von John le Carre jetzt als E-Book! - An das Spiel mit zwei Identitaten hat Ted Mundy sich nie gewohnen konnen. Jetzt fuhrt er endlich ein ruhiges Leben in Deutschland. Bis Sascha, ein Weggefahrte aus Berliner Tagen, vor seiner Tur steht und ihn in die Untiefen der gegenwartigen Zeitlaufte lockt. Das brillante Portrt einer ungewhnlichen Freundschaft vor dem Hintergrund der weltpolitischen Abgrnde unserer Zeit.

Der Schneider von Panama

Der Schneider von Panama

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 27/12/2013

Alle Romane von John le Carre jetzt als E-Book! - In Panama bahnt sich eine Verschworung an, um den Panama-Vertrag zunichte zu machen. Dieser sieht vor, die Kontrolle uber den Kanal 1999 den Panamaern zu uberlassen. Der gutmutige Herrenschneider Harry Pendel wird von dem britischen Spion Andy Osnard gezwungen, fur den Geheimdienst zu arbeiten. Er soll das amerikanische Militar kodern, die schmutzige Arbeit zu tun - namlich Panama erneut zu besetzen und den Vertrag fur null und nichtig zu erklaren. Pendel verfolgt jedoch ein ganz anderes Ziel. Der Weltbestseller vom Meister des Spionagethrillers

Der wachsame Traumer

Der wachsame Traumer

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 27/12/2013

Alle Romane von John le Carre jetzt als E-Book! - Mit "e;Der wachsame Traumer"e; verlasst John le Carre die Welt des Spionageromans und erzahlt ein groes Abenteuer des Lebens und des Liebens: In der Hoffnung, endlich das Gluck zu finden, lost sich ein Mann aus allen Sicherheiten seiner bisherigen Existenz - eine Entscheidung, die nicht nur fur ihn dramatische Folgen hat. "e;Eine grandiose Satire"e; FAZ

Ein Mord erster Klasse

Ein Mord erster Klasse

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 27/12/2013

Alle Romane von John le Carre jetzt als E-Book! - Der zweite Roman, den John le Carre veroffentlichte, ist ein klassischer Krimi und ein prazises Gesellschaftsportrat zugleich. Sein Held George Smiley, aus dem Geheimdienst ausgeschieden und zur Zeit Zivilist, wird von einer alten Bekannten um Hilfe gebeten. Smiley soll die junge Ehefrau eines Professors in einem Eliteinternat schutzen, die um ihr Leben furchtet. Doch ehe er tatig werden kann, ist die Frau bereits tot. Verdachtig ist zunachst ihr Ehemann, aber George Smiley stot bald auf ganz andere Spuren. Es scheint, dass die Tote von vielen gehasst wurde ... - "e;wunderbar intelligent, satirisch und geistreich"e; Observer

Ein guter Soldat

Ein guter Soldat

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 27/12/2013

Alle Romane von John le Carre jetzt als E-Book! - "e;Verrater des Jahrhunderts"e; nannte die Presse Jean-Louis Jeanmaire, Brigadier der Schweizer Armee, der 1977 wegen Landesverrats zu 18 Jahren Haft verurteilt wurde. John le Carre, der unbestrittene Meister des Agentenromans und profunder Kenner der internationalen Spionageszene, rollt in dieser spannenden Reportage einen ungewohnlichen Spionagefall auf und stellt die Frage, ob der "e;Verrater des Jahrhunderts"e; nicht nur als kleiner Spion fur einen groen Agenten im Gefangnis sa.

Eine Art Held

Eine Art Held

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 27/12/2013

Alle Romane von John le Carre jetzt als E-Book! - Nach der Enttarnung eines Maulwurfs, eines sowjetischen Agenten im Londoner Geheimdienst, hat George Smiley die Leitung des Circus ubernommen. Er soll die Abteilung zu alter Schlagkraft zuruckfuhren. Dazu muss er "e;Karla"e; finden, den sowjetischen Einsatzleiter, der den Vernichtungsfeldzug gegen den Circus befehligt. Die entscheidende Spur fuhrt nach Indochina; Smiley schickt seinen Agenten Jerry Westerby, als Journalisten getarnt, nach Hongkong, wo dieser auf Geheimkonten stot - offenbar soll "e;Karla"e; fur Moskau Informationen von gewaltigem Wert kaufen. Doch die Russen sind nicht Smileys einziger Gegner. "e;Geben Sie acht, Sie lesen einen historischen Roman ... "e;, schreibt John le Carre im Vorwort zur Neuausgabe dieses Buches. Doch auch wenn der Kalte Krieg langst vorbei ist - dieser Klassiker des Spionageromans ist fesselnd wie eh und je.

Geheime Melodie

Geheime Melodie

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 27/12/2013

Alle Romane von John le Carre jetzt als E-Book! - Dolmetscher Bruno Salvador wird vom Britischen Geheimdienst fur eine inoffizielle Konferenz zum Thema Kongo engagiert. Die krisengeschuttelte und an Rohstoffen reiche Region ist Brunos Heimat. Bahnt sich in dem fernen Land eine Katastrophe an? Bruno sucht Verbundete, die mit ihm fur eine demokratische Zukunft des Kongo streiten. Doch plotzlich wird er zum Gejagten, denn in seinem Besitz befinden sich wertvolle Dokumente. Der Weltbestseller vom Meister des Spionagethrillers.

Krieg im Spiegel

Krieg im Spiegel

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 27/12/2013

Alle Romane von John le Carre jetzt als E-Book! - Der britische Geheimdienst will einen Mann in die DDR schleusen, um Erkenntnisse uber Raketenstationierungen zu gewinnen. Mit einem altertumlichen Morseapparat soll der Agent seine Informationen nach England senden. Doch nach der ersten Meldung schweigt das Gerat ...

Single & Single

Single & Single

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 27/12/2013

Alle Romane von John le Carre jetzt als E-Book! - Die Kuste des Bosporus, das Londoner Westend und der hohe Kaukasus sind die Schauplatze dieses Romans. Tiger Single, Patriarch der Londoner Firma Single & Single, betreibt dubiose internationale Geschafte und Finanztransaktionen. Doch dann durchschaut ihn Oliver, sein Sohn und Partner, der von ihm nur benutzt wurde. Ein spannender Roman uber Liebe, Loyalitat und Verrat.

Unser Spiel

Unser Spiel

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 27/12/2013

Alle Romane von John le Carre jetzt als E-Book! - Tim Cranmer, britischer Ex-Agent fuhrt mit seiner jungen Geliebten Emma ein ruhiges Leben auf dem Land. Bis ein ehemaliger Kollege, der Russlandspezialist Larry Pettifer, auftaucht. Sie waren immer schon Rivalen, doch nun steht plotzlich die attraktive Emma zwischen ihnen - eines Tages ist sie mit Larry verschwunden. Die Suche nach den beiden fuhrt Tim quer durchs heutige Russland bis in den krisengeschuttelten Kaukasus. Ein raffiniertes Doppelspiel, in dem Tauschung, Verrat und Verschleierung die Regeln vorgeben.

Der heimliche Gefahrte

Der heimliche Gefahrte

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 27/12/2013

Alle Romane von John le Carre jetzt als E-Book! - Das besondere Lesevergnugen fur alle le Carre-Fans: In dieser Abrechnung mit der Zeit des Kalten Kriegs kommt auch der legendare Geheimdienstchef George Smiley wieder zum Einsatz. Als der britische Agent Ned sich durch die politischen Umwalzungen nach dem Fall der Mauer gezwungen sieht, sich der eigenen Verantwortung zu stellen, taucht er ab in die Schattenwelt des Kalten Krieges, in der er mit George Smiley zusammengearbeitet hat. Bei ihren Nachforschungen fordern die beiden alten Kampen Erstaunliches zu Tage. "e;Der Hhepunkt des Agententhrillers."e; New York Times

Eine kleine Stadt in Deutschland

Eine kleine Stadt in Deutschland

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 27/12/2013

Alle Romane von John le Carre jetzt als E-Book! - Bonn in den 60er Jahren: Ein kleiner Beamter der britischen Botschaft verschwindet - und mit ihm ein auerst brisantes Geheimdossier. Auf ihn angesetzt wird Alan Turner, ein Beamter der Londoner Spionageabwehr. Doch dieser erkennt bald, da auch er nur ein Spielball der politischen Machte ist.

Die Libelle

Die Libelle

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 27/12/2013

Alle Romane von John le Carre jetzt als E-Book! - Eine Explosion im Diplomatenviertel zerstort die Villa des israelischen Arbeitsattaches und fordert drei Todesopfer. Ein weiterer grausamer Anschlag in einer Reihe europaweiter Attentate, zu denen sich die Terrorgruppe Palastinensische Agonie bekennt. Fur den endgultigen Vernichtungsschlag gegen die Terroristen braucht der israelische Meisterspion Schulmann die Hilfe von Charlie, einer jungen englischen Schauspielerin. Als sie einwilligt, einen mit Sprengstoff beladenen Mercedes durch Jugoslawien zu fahren, gibt es fur sie kein Zuruck mehr. Um zu uberleben, wird sie die Rolle ihres Lebens spielen mussen... Der Bestseller - neu aufgelegt zum 75. Geburtstag von John le Carre.

Das Rulandhaus

Das Rulandhaus

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 27/12/2013

Alle Romane von John le Carre jetzt als E-Book! - "e;Das Russlandhaus"e; ist die fesselnde Geschichte des englischen Verlegers Barley, der durch ein Buch mit Aphorismen Goethes, in dem geheime Lageplane versteckt sind, zum Agenten wird. Groartig verfilmt mit Sean Connery und Michelle Pfeiffer!

Der Nachtmanager

Der Nachtmanager

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 27/12/2013

Alle Romane von John le Carre jetzt als E-Book! - Zu Beginn ist Jonathan Pine nur der Nachtmanager in einem Luxushotel. Doch dann scheitert sein Versuch, dem britischen Geheimdienst eine Information zuzuspielen - uber einen internationalen Geschaftsreisenden, der verdachtige Transaktionen tatigt. Plotzlich kommen Menschen in Pines Umgebung zu Tode. Er nimmt einen Kampf auf mit Gegnern, deren Macht all seine Vorstellungskraft ubersteigt. In seinem abgrndigen Roman ber korrupte Geheimdienste, Milliardendeals und die Brutalitt des Waffenhandels schafft John le Carr eine klaustrophobische Welt, in der man niemandem trauen kann. Der Weltbestseller nun in einer Verfilmung als TV-Serie! In den Hauptrollen Tom Hiddleston und Hugh Laurie. "e;Eine fabelhaft erzhlte, kompromisslose Story"e; Observer

Ein blendender Spion

Ein blendender Spion

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 27/12/2013

Alle Romane von John le Carre jetzt als E-Book! - Magnus Pym, Angehoriger der britischen Botschaft in Wien und dort fur Geheimauftrage zustandig, ist spurlos verschwunden. Seine Frau, sein Vorgesetzter und die Londoner Geheimdienststellen werden zunehmend unruhig. Und auch andernorts beginnt man, sich Sorgen zu machen.

Schatten von gestern

Schatten von gestern

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 27/12/2013

Alle Romane von John le Carre jetzt als E-Book! - Der Nachrichtenoffizier George Smiley wurde soeben von seiner Frau verlassen und ist froh, sich mit einem neuen, angeblich leichten Routinefall in die Arbeit sturzen zu konnen: Ein Beamter des Auenministeriums, der des Verrats verdachtigt worden war, hat Selbstmord begangen. Doch ist Sam Fennan wirklich freiwillig aus dem Leben geschieden? Obwohl der Abschiedsbrief eindeutig klingt, hat George Smiley seine Zweifel. Das Erstlingswerk vom Meister des Spionageromans.

Empfindliche Wahrheit

Empfindliche Wahrheit

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 18/11/2013

Alle Romane von John le Carre jetzt als E-Book! - In der britischen Kolonie Gibraltar findet eine streng geheime Anti-Terror-Operation statt: Ein islamistischer Waffenkaufer soll entfuhrt werden. Die Drahtzieher: Fergus Quinn, ein hochrangiges Regierungsmitglied, und Jay Crispin, Chef einer internationalen Sicherheitsfirma. Toby Bell, ein frherer Mitarbeiter Quinns, stolpert ber die geheime Aktion. Irgendetwas ist an der Sache faul und soll vertuscht werden. Seine Nachforschungen bringen ihn in eine gefhrliche Lage. Toby muss sich zwischen seinem Gewissen und der Verpflichtung gegenber dem britischen Geheimdienst entscheiden. Empfindliche Wahrheit ist hochaktuell und brisant: "e;Ein Buch, geschrieben unter einem strmischen Himmel. Die Figuren ringen mit der Zeit und sich selbst - wie ich auch."e; John le Carr

The Night Manager

The Night Manager

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2013

In The Night Manager, John le Carre's first post-Cold War novel, an ex-soldier helps British Intelligence penetrate the secret world of ruthless arms dealers. 'Le Carre is the equal of any novelist now writing in English' Guardian 'A marvellously observed relentless tale' Observer At the start of it all, Jonathan Pine is merely the night manager at a luxury hotel. But when a single attempt to pass on information to the British authorities - about an international businessman at the hotel with suspicious dealings - backfires terribly, and people close to Pine begin to die, he commits himself to a battle against powerful forces he cannot begin to imagine. In a chilling tale of corrupt intelligence agencies, billion-dollar price tags and the truth of the brutal arms trade, John le Carre creates a claustrophobic world in which no one can be trusted. 'Complex and intense ... page-turning tension' San Francisco Chronicle 'When I was under house arrest I was helped by the books of John le Carre ... they were a journey into the wider world ... These were the journeys that made me feel that I was not really cut off from the rest of humankind' Aung San Suu Kyi 'One of those writers who will be read a century from now' Robert Harris 'He can communicate emotion, from sweating fear to despairing love, with terse and compassionate conviction' Sunday Times (on The Spy Who Came in from the Cold) 'Return of the master . . . Having plumbed the devious depths of the Cold War, le Carre has done it again for our nasty new age' The Times (on Our Kind of Traitor)

A Delicate Truth

A Delicate Truth

Author: John le Carre Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 25/04/2013

A counter-terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain's most precious colony, Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, and a private defence contractor who is also his close friend. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister's Private Secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.Suspecting a disastrous conspiracy, Toby attempts to forestall it, but is promptly posted overseas. Three years on, summoned by Sir Christopher Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely watched by Probyn's daughter Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and his duty to the Service.If the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing, how can he keep silent?'No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times, from the second world war to the 'war on terror'' Guardian'The master of the modern spy novel returns . . . this is writing of such quality that - as Robert Harris put it - it will be read in one hundred years. John le Carre was never a spy-turned-writer, he was a writer who found his canvas in espionage, as Dickens did in other worlds. The two men deserve comparison' Daily Mail 'A brilliant climax, with sinister deaths, casual torture, wrecked lives and shameful compromises' Observer'With A Delicate Truth, le Carre has in a sense come home. And it's a splendid homecoming . . . the novel is the most satisfying, subtle and compelling of his recent oeuvre' The Times

Der Spion, der aus der Kalte kam

Der Spion, der aus der Kalte kam

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 12/04/2013

"e;Wenn es einen Klassiker der Spionageliteratur gibt, dann John le Carres Der Spion, der aus der Kalte kam."e; FocusDer britische Agent Alec Leamas ist fur Ostdeutschland zustandig. Undercover wechselt er die Seiten, um seine Informanten zu schutzen. Zu spat erkennt er, dass er Spielball einer Intrige geworden ist. Als die Frau, die er liebt, in Gefahr gerat, kommt es zum dramatischen Showdown an der Berliner Mauer.Der Spion, der aus der Kalte kam begrundete John le Carres Weltruhm.Neuubersetzt von Sabine Roth.

Agent in eigener Sache

Agent in eigener Sache

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 12/04/2013

Ein wahnwitziges Intrigenspiel im Schatten der Berliner Mauer - Der legendare George Smiley, ehemaliger Chef des britischen Geheimdienstes, wird noch einmal gebraucht. Aber Smiley spielt nicht mit. Er ermittelt auf eigene Faust, wird sein eigener Agent in dem seltsamsten und erregendsten Fall seiner gesamten Karriere. Ein atemberaubender Kampf beginnt, der Smiley durch ganz Europa fuhrt und erst im Schatten der Berliner Mauer sein Ende findet ...

Single & Single

Single & Single

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 14/08/2012

A lawyer from the London finance house of Single & Single is shot dead on a Turkish hillside by people with whom he thought he was in business. A children's magician is asked by his bank to explain the unsolicited arrival of more than five million pounds sterling in his young daughter's modest trust. A freighter bound for Liverpool is boarded by Russian coast guards in the Black Sea. The celebrated London merchant venturer "e;Tiger"e; Single disappears into thin air.In Single & Single the writer who both epitomizes and transcends the novel of espionage opens with a haunting set piece, then establishes a sequence of events whose connections are mysterious, complex, and compelling. This is a story of corrupt liaisons between criminal elements in the new Russian states and the world of legitimate finance in the West. Le Carr's finest novel in years, it is also an intimate portrait of two families: one Russian, the other English; one trading illicit goods, the other laundering the profits; one betrayed by a son-in-law, the other betrayed, and redeemed, by a son.This is territory le Carr knows better than anyone. Masterful and prescient, he is writing at the top of his creative powers, and Oliver Single, the central protagonist, is one of his most fascinating characters.

Constant Gardener

Constant Gardener

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 14/08/2012

Frightening, heartbreaking, and exquisitely calibrated, John le Carr's new novel opens with the gruesome murder of the young and beautiful Tessa Quayle near northern Kenya's Lake Turkana, the birthplace of mankind. Her putative African lover and traveling companion, a doctor with one of the aid agencies, has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa's much older husband, Justin, a career diplomat at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive.A master chronicler of the deceptions and betrayals of ordinary people caught in political conflict, le Carr portrays, in The Constant Gardener, the dark side of unbridled capitalism. His eighteenth novel is also the profoundly moving story of a man whom tragedy elevates. Justin Quayle, amateur gardener and ineffectual bureaucrat, seemingly oblivious to his wife's cause, discovers his own resources and the extraordinary courage of the woman he barely had time to love. The Constant Gardener is a magnificent exploration of the new world order by one of the most compelling and elegant storytellers of our time.

Dame, Konig, As, Spion

Dame, Konig, As, Spion

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 10/08/2012

Alle Romane von John le Carre jetzt als E-Book! - George Smiley, Chef des britischen Geheimdienstes, soll nach einer gescheiterten Operation seinen Posten raumen. Doch da stellt sich heraus, dass einer seiner Leute ein Doppelagent ist, der insgeheim fur Moskau arbeitet. Smiley setzt sich auf seine Fahrte und gerat dabei, als Tarnung selbst zum Maulwurf geworden, mitten ins Reich des groen Gegners im kalten Krieg ... Der Weltbestseller jetzt verfilmt mit Oscarpreistrger Colin Firth.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/11/2011

The Cold War is at its most chill. Alec Leamas, a seasoned British Intelligence officer whose entire East German network has been arrested or shot, leaves West Berlin for London, believing his career is over. But his master, Control, knows that Leamas is good for a last mission: one that will allow him to take his revenge on the ruthless East German counterintelligence chief who has killed or imprisoned his agents. And lurking discreetly in the background, George Smiley will be pulling the operational strings.

Call for the Dead

Call for the Dead

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/11/2011

An anonymous letter had accused Foreign Office man Samuel Fennan of being a communist. George Smiley, assigned by the Secret Service to vet Fennan, had assured him he had nothing to fear. No one believed this nonsense. But clearly something had rattled Fennan, for a day after the interview he killed himself. Smiley is told by his angry superiors to fix this mess. The last thing anyone wants right now is a scandal. It is immediately obvious to Smiley, however, that the suicide story doesn't make sense. Piece by piece he uncovers a conspiracy - one originating in East Germany and led by a wartime ally of Smiley. To expose it, he must turn a former friend into a deadly enemy ...

The Secret Pilgrim

The Secret Pilgrim

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/11/2011

The last of John le Carre's espionage novels to feature his most enduring and well-loved character, George Smiley, and a gripping feat of narrative brilliance, The Secret Pilgrim is published in Penguin Modern Classics with an afterword by the author.The Cold War is over and Ned has been demoted to the training academy. He asks his old mentor, George Smiley, to address his passing-out class. There are no laundered reminiscences; Smiley speaks the truth - perhaps the last the students will ever hear. As they listen, Ned recalls his own painful triumphs and inglorious failures, in a career that took him from the Western Isles of Scotland to Hamburg and from Israel to Cambodia. He asks himself: Did it do any good? What did it do to me? And what will happen to us now? In this final Smiley novel, the great spy gives his own humane and unexpected answers.If you enjoyed The Secret Pilgrim, you might like le Carre's The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.'Consummate and enthralling'Observer

The Looking Glass War

The Looking Glass War

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/11/2011

A Cold War thriller from the master of spy fiction, John le Carre's The Looking Glass War is a gripping novel of double-crosses, audacious bluffs and the ever-present threat of nuclear war, published in Penguin Modern Classics. When the Department - faded since the war and busy only with bureaucratic battles - hears rumour of a missile base near the West German border, it seems like the perfect opportunity to regain some political standing in the Intelligence market place. The Cold War is at its height and the Department is dying for a piece of the action. Swiftly becoming carried away by fear and pride, the Department and her officers send deactivated agent Fred Leiser back into East Germany, armed only with some schoolboy training and his memories of the war. In the land of eloquent silence that is Communist East Germany, Leiser's fate becomes inseparable from the Department's. If you enjoyed The Looking Glass War, you might like le Carre's The Secret Pilgrim, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'A devastating and tragic record of human, not glamour, spies' New York Herald Tribune 'A book of rare and great power' Financial Times

A Small Town in Germany

A Small Town in Germany

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2011

West Germany, a simmering cauldron of radical protests, has produced a new danger to Britain: Karfeld, menacing leader of the opposition. At the same time Leo Harting, a Second Secretary in the British Embassy, has gone missing - along with more than forty Confidential embassy files. Alan Turner of the Foreign Office must travel to Bonn to recover them, facing riots, Nazi secrets and the delicate machinations of an unstable Europe in the throes of the Cold War. As Turner gets closer to the truth of Harting's disappearance, he will discover that the face of International relations - and the attentions of the British Ministry itself - is uglier that he could possibly have imagined.

Call for the Dead

Call for the Dead

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2011

The first of his peerless novels of Cold War espionage and international intrigue, Call for the Dead is also the debut of John le Carre's masterful creation George Smiley. After a routine security check by George Smiley, civil servant Samuel Fennan apparently kills himself. When Smiley finds Circus head Maston is trying to blame him for the man's death, he begins his own investigation, meeting with Fennan's widow to find out what could have led him to such desperation. But on the very day that Smiley is ordered off the enquiry he receives an urgent letter from the dead man. Do the East Germans - and their agents - know more about this man's death than the Circus previously imagined? Le Carre's first book, Call for the Dead, introduced the tenacious and retiring George Smiley in a gripping tale of espionage and deceit. If you enjoyed Call for the Dead, you might like le Carre's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'Intelligent, thrilling, surprising ... makes most cloak-and-dagger stuff taste of cardboard' Sunday Telegraph 'Brilliant. Realistic. Constant suspense' Observer

The Looking Glass War

The Looking Glass War

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2011

A Cold War thriller from the master of spy fiction, John le Carre's The Looking Glass War is a gripping novel of double-crosses, audacious bluffs and the ever-present threat of nuclear war, published in Penguin Modern Classics. When the Department - faded since the war and busy only with bureaucratic battles - hears rumour of a missile base near the West German border, it seems like the perfect opportunity to regain some political standing in the Intelligence market place. The Cold War is at its height and the Department is dying for a piece of the action. Swiftly becoming carried away by fear and pride, the Department and her officers send deactivated agent Fred Leiser back into East Germany, armed only with some schoolboy training and his memories of the war. In the land of eloquent silence that is Communist East Germany, Leiser's fate becomes inseparable from the Department's. If you enjoyed The Looking Glass War, you might like le Carre's The Secret Pilgrim, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'A devastating and tragic record of human, not glamour, spies' New York Herald Tribune 'A book of rare and great power' Financial Times

Russia House

Russia House

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2011

In the third year of perestroika, London publisher Barley Blair is sent a manuscript from Moscow. Exposing Russian nuclear threats as a sham, the information - if it's genuine - could shatter East-West relations. Jazz-loving, hard-drinking Blair is hardly the spymasters' idea of the perfect agent, yet they are forced to send him to Moscow to make contact. But the Cold War thaws when Barley meets Katya, the beautiful Russian intermediary who is equally sceptical of state ideology. Mere pawns in a deadly game of international espionage, they nevertheless represent the breakdown of hostilities and a future which poses a huge threat to the entrenched professionals on both sides... Both a gripping spy saga and a poignant love story, The Russia House delivers all the excitement and tension expected from the master of espionage fiction. This BBC Radio 4 adaptation was dramatised by Rene Basilico.

A Murder of Quality

A Murder of Quality

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2011

A murder mystery in the finest tradition of English detective novels, John le Carre's A Murder of Quality is an ingenious puzzle featuring his best-loved character George Smiley. Stella Rode has twice disturbed the ancient cloisters of Carne School: firstly by being the wrong sort, with her doilies and china ducks, and secondly by being murdered. George Smiley, who has his own connection with the school, is asked by an old Service friend to investigate. Smiley knows that Stella feared her husband would murder her, but as he probes further beneath Carne's respectable veneer, he uncovers far more than a simple crime of passion. In his second George Smiley novel, le Carre moves outside the world of espionage to reveal the secrets at the heart of another particularly English institution. The result is a pitch-perfect murder mystery, with Smiley as master detective. If you enjoyed A Murder of Quality, you might like le Carre's Call for the Dead, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'Beautifully intelligent, satiric and witty' Daily Telegraph

Our Kind of Traitor

Our Kind of Traitor

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2011

An English couple, Perry and Gail, are taking an off-peak holiday on the Caribbean island of Antigua. By seeming chance they bump into a Russian millionaire called Dima who owns a peninsula and a diamond-encrusted gold watch. He also has a tattoo on his right thumb, and wants a game of tennis. What else he wants propels the young lovers on a tortuous journey through Paris to a safe house in the Swiss Alps, to the murkiest cloisters of the City of London and its unholy alliance with Britain's Intelligence Establishment.

The Secret Pilgrim

The Secret Pilgrim

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2011

The last of John le Carre's espionage novels to feature his most enduring and well-loved character, George Smiley, and a gripping feat of narrative brilliance, The Secret Pilgrim is published in Penguin Modern Classics with an afterword by the author. The Cold War is over and Ned has been demoted to the training academy. He asks his old mentor, George Smiley, to address his passing-out class. There are no laundered reminiscences; Smiley speaks the truth - perhaps the last the students will ever hear. As they listen, Ned recalls his own painful triumphs and inglorious failures, in a career that took him from the Western Isles of Scotland to Hamburg and from Israel to Cambodia. He asks himself: Did it do any good? What did it do to me? And what will happen to us now? In this final Smiley novel, the great spy gives his own humane and unexpected answers. If you enjoyed The Secret Pilgrim, you might like le Carre's The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'Consummate and enthralling' Observer

The Russia House

The Russia House

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2011

Barley Blair is not a Service man: he is a small-time publisher, a self-destructive soul whose only loves are whisky and jazz. But it was Barley who, one drunken night at a dacha in Peredelkino during the Moscow Book Fair, was befriended by a high-ranking Soviet scientist who could be the greatest asset to the West since perestroika began, and made a promise. Nearly a year later, his drunken promise returns to haunt him. A reluctant Barley is quickly trained by British Intelligence and sent to Moscow to liaise with a go-between, the beautiful Katya. Both are lonely and disillusioned. Each is increasingly certain that if the human race is to have any future, all must betray their countries ... In his first post-glasnost spy novel, le Carre captures the effect of a slow and uncertain thaw on ordinary people and on the shadowy puppet-masters who command them.

Our Kind of Traitor

Our Kind of Traitor

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 12/10/2010

The unrivaled master of spy fiction returns with a taut and suspenseful tale of dirty money and dirtier politics. For nearly half a century, John le Carre's limitless imagination has enthralled millions of readers and moviegoers around the globe. From the cold war to the bitter fruits of colonialism to unrest in the Middle East, he has reinvented the spy novel again and again. Now, le Carre makes his Viking debut with a stunning tour-de-force that only a craftsman of his caliber could pen. As menacing and flawlessly paced as The Little Drummer Girl and as morally complex as The Constant Gardener, Our Kind of Traitor is signature le Carre. Perry and Gail are idealistic and very much in love when they splurge on a tennis vacation at a posh beach resort in Antigua. But the charm begins to pall when a big-time Russian money launderer enlists their help to defect. In exchange for amnesty, Dima is ready to rat out his vory (Russian criminal brotherhood) compatriots and expose corruption throughout the so-called legitimate financial and political worlds. Soon, the guileless couple find themselves pawns in a deadly endgame whose outcome will be determined by the victor of the British Secret Service's ruthless internecine battles.

The Secret Pilgrim

The Secret Pilgrim

Author: John le Carre Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 08/07/2010

George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess `the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin'. The Berlin Wall is down, the Cold War is over, but the world's second oldest profession is very much alive. Smiley accepts an invitation to dine with the eager young men and women of the Circus' latest intake; and over coffee and brandy, by flickering firelight, he beguilingly offers them his personal thoughts on espionage past, present and future. In doing so, he prompts one of his former Circus colleagues into a searching examination of his own eventful secret life. Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a distinguished cast including Patrick Malahide as Ned, this engrossing dramatisation brings le Carre's masterful novel vividly to life. 'A radio triumph... Simon Russell Beale's pitch-perfect master spy' - Financial Times. 3 CDs. 3 hrs.

The Honourable Schoolboy

The Honourable Schoolboy

Author: John le Carre Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 11/02/2010

George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess `the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin'. Smiley, now head of the Circus, must rebuild trust in the shattered organisation. He is also determined to destroy his nemesis, Karla, and his spy networks. He recruits Jerry Westerby, occasional spy, occasional news reporter, full-time romantic - the Honourable Schoolboy of the title - and despatches him to the Far East, where, amidst the corruption and decay of former colonies, a new battle is about to begin... Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a star cast including Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Steed and Anna Chancellor, this gripping dramatisation perfectly captures the atmosphere of le Carre's intricate, intriguing novel, the second in the Karla trilogy. 3 CDs. 3 hrs.

Honourable Schoolboy

Honourable Schoolboy

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 11/02/2010

George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess 'the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin'. Smiley, now head of the Circus, must rebuild trust in the shattered organisation. He is also determined to destroy his nemesis, Karla, and his spy networks. He recruits Jerry Westerby, occasional spy, occasional news reporter, full-time romantic - the Honourable Schoolboy of the title - and despatches him to the Far East, where, amidst the corruption and decay of former colonies, a new battle is about to begin... Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a star cast including Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Steed and Anna Chancellor, this gripping dramatisation perfectly captures the atmosphere of le Carre's intricate, intriguing novel, the second in the Karla trilogy.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Author: John le Carre Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 07/01/2010

George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess `the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin'. Smiley, wrestling with retirement and disillusionment, is summoned to a secret meeting with a member of the Cabinet Office. Evidence has emerged that the Circus has been infiltrated at the highest level by a Russian agent. 'Find the mole, George. Clean the stables. Do whatever is necessary.' Reluctantly Smiley agrees, and so embarks on a dark journey into his past - a past filled with love, duplicity and betrayal. Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a star cast including Anna Chancellor, Alex Jennings, Kenneth Cranham and Bill Paterson, this epic dramatisation brilliantly depicts the complicated moral dilemmas of those who practise post-war espionage, and illuminates the murky corners of le Carre's classic spy thriller. 3 CDs. 3 hrs.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2010

Smiley, wrestling with retirement and disillusionment, is summoned to a secret meeting with a member of the Cabinet Office. Evidence has emerged that the Circus has been infiltrated at the highest level by a Russian agent. Find the mole, George. Clean the stables. Do whatever is necessary. Reluctantly Smiley agrees, and so embarks on a dark journey into his past - a past filled with love, duplicity and betrayal. Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a star cast including Anna Chancellor, Alex Jennings, Kenneth Cranham and Bill Paterson, this epic dramatisation brilliantly depicts the complicated moral dilemmas of those who practise post-war espionage, and illuminates the murky corners of le Carre's classic spy thriller - the first in the Karla trilogy. '... a worthy audio version of the seminal spy drama, brilliantly depicting the complicated moral dilemmas of post-war espionage, and allowing Beale room to shine as the character of Smiley really comes into his own' - Herts Advertiser 'beautifully paced in a dramatisation which captures the essence of the book whilst working supremely well in its own right in the radio medium' - Chichester Observer 'This period dramatisation could not be bettered' - Observer

The Looking Glass War

The Looking Glass War

Author: John le Carre Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 08/10/2009

George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess `the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin'. When word reaches 'The Department' - an ailing section of British intelligence - that Soviet missiles are being installed close to the West German border, it seems the perfect opportunity to show Control and Smiley, their rivals over at the Circus, that The Department still has value. Former spy Fred Leiser is lured back from retirement to investigate, and manages to cross the border into East Germany in a dangerous night-time operation. But the world has changed since The Department's glory days during the Second World War. The harsh realities of the Cold War now prevail, and there is no place for heroes... Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a distinguished cast including Ian McDiarmid and Philip Jackson, this compelling dramatisation perfectly captures the atmosphere of le Carre's chilling novel of deception and betrayal. 2 CDs. 2 hrs.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Author: John le Carre Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/08/2009

It is 1962: the height of the Cold War and only months after the building of the Berlin Wall. Alec Leamas is a hard-working, hard-drinking British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters. His agents are either on the run or dead, victims of the ruthlessly efficient East German counter-intelligence officer Hans-Dieter Mundt. Leamas is recalled to London - where, to his surprise, instead of being washed up and consigned to a desk he's offered a chance to have his revenge by becoming a pawn in a brilliantly-conceived plot to destroy Mundt. But in order to do so he has to stay out in the cold a little longer...Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a distinguished cast including Brian Cox as Alec Leamas, this tense, compelling dramatization perfectly captures the atmosphere of le Carre's taut, intricate thriller.

Spy Who Came In From The Cold

Spy Who Came In From The Cold

Author: John le Carre, Robert Forest Format: eBook Release Date: 03/08/2009

George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess 'the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin'. It is 1962: the height of the Cold War and only months after the building of the Berlin Wall. Alec Leamas is a hard-working, hard-drinking British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters. His agents are either on the run or dead, victims of the ruthlessly efficient East German counter-intelligence officer Hans-Dieter Mundt. Leamas is recalled to London where, to his surprise, instead of being washed up and consigned to a desk he's offered a chance to have his revenge by becoming a pawn in a brilliantly-conceived plot to destroy Mundt. But in order to do so he has to stay out in the cold a little longer... Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a distinguished cast including Brian Cox as Alec Leamas, this tense, compelling dramatisation perfectly captures the atmosphere of le Carre's taut, intricate thriller.

A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/06/2009

A half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse round his neck. He is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa. Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation. Soon her client's survival becomes more important to her than her own career. In pursuit of Issa's mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous Tommy Brue, the sixty-year-old scion of Brue Freres, a failing British bank based in Hamburg. A triangle of impossible loves is born. Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the so-called War on Terror, the spies of three nations converge upon the innocents. Poignant, compassionate, peopled with characters the reader never wants to let go, A MOST WANTED MAN is alive with humour, yet prickles with tension until the last heart-stopping page. It is also a work of deep humanity, and uncommon relevance to our times.

Call For The Dead

Call For The Dead

Author: John le Carre Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/06/2009

George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess `the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin'. This dramatisation, set in London in the late 1950s, finds Smiley engaged in the humdrum job of security vetting. But when a Foreign Office civil servant commits suicide after an apparently unproblematic interview, Smiley is baffled. Refusing to believe that Fennan shot himself soon after making a cup of cocoa and asking the exchange to telephone him in the morning, Smiley decides to investigate - only to uncover a murderous conspiracy with its roots in his own secret wartime past. Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a distinguished cast including Kenneth Cranham, Eleanor Bron and Anna Chancellor, this tense, thrilling dramatisation perfectly captures the atmosphere of le Carre's masterful debut novel. 2 CDs. 1 hr 30 mins.

Murder Of Quality

Murder Of Quality

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2009

George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess 'the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin'. This dramatisation, set in the early 1960s, sees George Smiley investigating a murder in a public school. When the wife of one of the masters is found bludgeoned to death, Smiley, out of loyalty to an old friend, agrees to look into the case. But his investigation raises a multitude of questions. Who could have hated Stella Rode enough to kill her? Why was her dog put down shortly before the murder? And what did Mad Janie see on that fatal night? To discover the truth, Smiley must lift the lid on a world of hidden passions and dangerous hatreds... Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a distinguished cast including Geoffrey Palmer and Marcia Warren, this tense, compelling dramatisation perfectly captures the atmosphere of le Carre's gripping, sophisticated thriller.

Most Wanted Man

Most Wanted Man

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2008

New spies with new loyalties, old spies with old ones; terror as the new mantra; decent people wanting to do good, but caught in the moral maze; all the sound, rational reasons for doing the inhuman thing; the recognition that we cannot safely love, or pity, and remain good "e;patriots"e; -- this is the fabric of John le Carr's fiercely compelling and current novel A Most Wanted Man. A half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse around his neck. He is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa. Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation. Soon her client's survival becomes more important to her than her own career -- or safety. In pursuit of Issa's mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous Tommy Brue, the sixty-year-old scion of Brue Frres, a failing British bank based in Hamburg. Annabel, Issa and Brue form an unlikely alliance -- and a triangle of impossible love is born. Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the "e;War on Terror,"e; the rival spies of Germany, England and America converge upon the innocents. Thrilling, compassionate, peopled with characters the listener never wants to let go, A Most Wanted Man is a work of deep humanity and uncommon relevance to our times.

Most Wanted Man

Most Wanted Man

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2008

New spies with new loyalties, old spies with old ones; terror as the new mantra; decent people wanting to do good, but caught in the moral maze; all the sound, rational reasons for doing the inhuman thing; the recognition that we cannot safely love, or pity, and remain good "e;patriots"e; -- this is the fabric of John le Carr's fiercely compelling and current novel A Most Wanted Man. A half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse around his neck. He is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa. Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation. Soon her client's survival becomes more important to her than her own career -- or safety. In pursuit of Issa's mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous Tommy Brue, the sixty-year-old scion of Brue Frres, a failing British bank based in Hamburg. Annabel, Issa and Brue form an unlikely alliance -- and a triangle of impossible love is born. Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the "e;War on Terror,"e; the rival spies of Germany, England and America converge upon the innocents. Thrilling, compassionate, peopled with characters the listener never wants to let go, A Most Wanted Man is a work of deep humanity and uncommon relevance to our times.

The Mission Song

The Mission Song

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/08/2007

Bruno Salvador has worked on clandestine missions before. A highly skilled interpreter, he is no stranger to the Official Secrets Act. But this is the first time he has been asked to change his identity - and, worse still, his clothes - in service of his country. Whisked to a remote island to interpret a top-secret conference between no-name financiers and Congolese warlords, Salvo's excitement is only heightened by memories of the night before he left London, and his life-changing encounter with a beautiful nurse named Hannah. Exit suddenly, the unassuming, happily married man Salvo believed himself to be. Enter in his place, the pseudonymous Brian Sinclar: spy, lover - and perhaps, even, hero.

The Naive and Sentimental Lover

The Naive and Sentimental Lover

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/2006

Aldo Cassidy is the naive and sentimental lover. A successful, judicious man, he is wrenched away from the ordered certainties of his life by a sudden encounter with Shamus, a wild, carousing artist and Helen, his nakedly alluring wife. Cassidy, plunged into a whirlpool of recklessness and spontaneity, becomes a man bewildered and agonised as he is torn between two poles of a nature more complex than he had ever imagined.

Absolute Friends

Absolute Friends

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/2006

ABSOLUTE FRIENDS is a superbly paced novel spanning fifty-six years, a theatrical masterstroke of tragi-comic writing, and a savage fable of our times, almost of our hours. The friends of the title are Ted Mundy, British soldier's son born 1947 in a shining new independent Pakistan, and Sasha, refugee son of an East German Lutheran pastor and his wife who have sought sanctuary in the West. The two men meet first as students in riot-torn West Berlin of the late Sixties, again in the grimy looking-glass of Cold War espionage and, most terribly, in today's unipolar world of terror, counter-terror and the war of lies. Deriving its scale from A PERFECT SPY and its passion from THE CONSTANT GARDENER, le Carre's new novel presents us with magical writing, characters to delight, and a spellbinding story that enchants even as it challenges.

Single & Single

Single & Single

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/2006

A corporate lawyer from the House of Single & Single is shot dead in cold blood on a Turkish hillside for crimes that he does not understand. A children's entertainer in Devon is hauled to his local bank late at night to explain a monumental influx of cash. A Russian freighter is arrested in the Black Sea. A celebrated London financier has disappeared into thin air. A British customs officer is on a trail of corruption and murder. SINGLE & SINGLE is a thrilling journey of the contemporary human heart - intimate, magical, riotous and subtly architected, showing us John le Carre at the height of his dramatic and creative powers.

The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/2006

Tessa Quayle has been horribly murdered on the shores of Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya, the birthplace of mankind. Her putative African lover, a doctor with one of the aid agencies, has disappeared. Her husband, Justin, a career diplomat and amateur gardener at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive. His quest takes him to the Foreign Office in London, across Europe and Canada and back to Africa, to the depths of South Sudan, and finally to the very spot where Tessa died. On his way Justin meets terror, violence, laughter, conspiracy and knowledge. But his greatest discovery is the woman he barely had time to love.

A Perfect Spy

A Perfect Spy

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/2006

le Carre's most autobiographical novel is also widely held to be his masterpiece, and the finest spy novel of the twentieth-century. 'le Carre's best book, and one of the finest English novels of the twentieth century' Philip Pullman 'Without doubt his masterpiece.' The Sunday Times 'A perfect work of fiction' The Sunday Times 'One of the enduring peaks of imaginative literature in our time' Los Angeles Times Magnus Pym, ranking diplomat, has vanished, believed defected. The chase is on: for a missing husband, a devoted father, and a secret agent. Pym's life, it is revealed, is entirely made up of secrets. Dominated by a father who is also a confidence trickster on an epic scale, Pym has from the age of seventeen been controlled by two mentors. It is these men, racing each other, who are orchestrating the search to find the perfect spy. Described by the author as his most autobiographical work, John le Carre's eleventh novel masterfully blends wit, compassion and unflagging tension with the poignant story of an estranged father and son. 'The best spy novel of all time' Publishers Weekly 'The best English novel since the war' Philip Roth

The Little Drummer Girl Soon to be a major TV series

The Little Drummer Girl Soon to be a major TV series

Author: John le Carre Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/2006

Soon to be a major TV series from the critically acclaimed team who brought you THE NIGHT MANAGER, starring BIG LITTLE LIES' Alexander Sarsgard and LADY MACBETH's Florence Pugh The Sunday Times bestseller and winner of the 1984 Edgar Award From the master of spy thrillers, John le Carre, comes a thrilling, intricate tale of Middle Eastern intrigue. Charlie, a brilliant and beautiful young English actress, is seduced by Israeli intelligence officer Joseph. But this duplicitous liaison will in fact lead her to her most dangerous role yet. Forced to play decoy in a mission to ensnare an elusive Palestinian terrorist, Charlie must lead him into a delicate trap, at the risk of falling in it herself. . . Deftly navigating readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage, le Carre's skill and knowledge are unsurpassed, and have earned him unprecedented worldwide acclaim. THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL is an electrifying and deeply moving novel, perhaps more relevant today than ever. *********** 'Action-packed' Sun 'There is only one le Carre' Daily Mail 'An exciting story, excitingly told' Observer 'One of those writers who will be read a century from now' Robert Harris 'Perhaps the most significant novelist of the second half of the 20th century in Britain.' Ian McEwan

Not One More Death

Not One More Death

Author: John Le Carre, Richard Dawkins, Brian Eno Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/03/2006

At a time when the US and UK are contemplating further imperial adventures in Iran, Not One More Death lays bare the act of blatant state terrorism that is the invasion and occupation of Iraq, and reveals the extraordinary tapestry of lies, distortions and gross media manipulation that underpin it. Here, prominent artists, musicians, playwrights, scientists and writers look at the reality behind the rhetoric: how public opinion is wilfully ignored and democracy used as a figleaf for the furthering of colonial ambitions in the Middle East. Not One More Death calls on the US and UK to withdraw troops from Iraq now, and for Bush and Blair to be brought to account for this illegal war.

A Perfect Spy

A Perfect Spy

Author: John le Carre Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/07/2001

Magnus Pym, ranking diplomat, has vanished, believed defected. The chase is on: for a missing husband, a devoted father, and a secret agent. Pym's life, it is revealed, is entirely made up of secrets. Dominated by a father who is also a confidence trickster on an epic scale, Pym has from the age of seventeen been controlled by two mentors. It is these two, racing each other and time itself, who are orchestrating the search to find the perfect spy ...

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Author: John le Carre Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/04/2001

Smiley and his people are facing a remarkable challenge: a mole - a soviet double agent - who has burrowed his way in and up to the highest level of British Intelligence. His treachery has already blown some of their vital operations and their best networks. The mole is one of their own kind. But which one? His people are full-bodied, believable individuals, the minor characters as vivid as the main cast ...a stunning story' The Wall Street Journal

The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener

Author: John le Carre Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/01/2001

The young and beautiful Tessa Quayle has been horribly murdered on the shores of Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya, the birthplace of mankind. Her putative African lover, a doctor with one of the aid agencies, has disappeared. Her husband, Justin, a career diplomat and amateur gardener at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive. His quest takes him to the Foreign Office in London, across Europe and Canada and back to Africa, to the depths of South Sudan, and finally to the very spot where Tessa died. On his way Justin meets terror, violence, laughter, conspiracy and knowledge. But his greatest discovery is the woman he barely had time to love.

Constant Gardener

Constant Gardener

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2001

Frightening, heartbreaking, and exquisitely calibrated, John le Carr's new novel opens with the gruesome murder of the young and beautiful Tessa Quayle near northern Kenya's Lake Turkana, the birthplace of mankind. Her putative African lover and traveling companion, a doctor with one of the aid agencies, has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa's much older husband, Justin, a career diplomat at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive.A master chronicler of the deceptions and betrayals of ordinary people caught in political conflict, le Carr portrays, in The Constant Gardener, the dark side of unbridled capitalism. His eighteenth novel is also the profoundly moving story of a man whom tragedy elevates. Justin Quayle, amateur gardener and ineffectual bureaucrat, seemingly oblivious to his wife's cause, discovers his own resources and the extraordinary courage of the woman he barely had time to love. The Constant Gardener is a magnificent exploration of the new world order by one of the most compelling and elegant storytellers of our time.

Single & Single

Single & Single

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/1999

A lawyer from the London finance house of Single & Single is shot dead on a Turkish hillside by people with whom he thought he was in business. A children's magician is asked by his bank to explain the unsolicited arrival of more than five million pounds sterling in his young daughter's modest trust. A freighter bound for Liverpool is boarded by Russian coast guards in the Black Sea. The celebrated London merchant venturer "e;Tiger"e; Single disappears into thin air.In Single & Single the writer who both epitomizes and transcends the novel of espionage opens with a haunting set piece, then establishes a sequence of events whose connections are mysterious, complex, and compelling. This is a story of corrupt liaisons between criminal elements in the new Russian states and the world of legitimate finance in the West. Le Carr's finest novel in years, it is also an intimate portrait of two families: one Russian, the other English; one trading illicit goods, the other laundering the profits; one betrayed by a son-in-law, the other betrayed, and redeemed, by a son.This is territory le Carr knows better than anyone. Masterful and prescient, he is writing at the top of his creative powers, and Oliver Single, the central protagonist, is one of his most fascinating characters.

Secret Pilgrim, The

Secret Pilgrim, The

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Simon Russell Beale stars in this BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation of John le Carre's last Smiley novel. George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess 'the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin'. The Berlin Wall is down, the Cold War is over, but the world's second oldest profession is very much alive. Smiley accepts an invitation to dine with the eager young men and women of the Circus' latest intake; and over coffee and brandy, by flickering firelight, he beguilingly offers them his personal thoughts on espionage past, present and future. In doing so, he prompts one of his former Circus colleagues into a searching examination of his own eventful secret life. Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a distinguished cast including Patrick Malahide as Ned, this engrossing dramatisation brings le Carrs masterful novel vividly to life.

Call for the Dead

Call for the Dead

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Simon Russell Beale stars in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of John le Carre's first novel, which introduced his most famous character, George Smiley. This dramatisation, set in London in the late 1950s, finds Smiley engaged in the humdrum job of security vetting. But when a Foreign Office civil servant commits suicide after an apparently unproblematic interview, Smiley is baffled. Refusing to believe that Fennan shot himself soon after making a cup of cocoa and asking the exchange to telephone him in the morning, Smiley decides to investigate - only to uncover a murderous conspiracy with its roots in his own secret wartime past. Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a distinguished cast including Kenneth Cranham, Eleanor Bron and Anna Chancellor, this tense, thrilling dramatisation perfectly captures the atmosphere of le Carrs masterful dbut novel.

Looking Glass War, The

Looking Glass War, The

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of John le Carre's fourth novel, starring Simon Russell Beale as Smiley and Piotr Baumann as Fred Leiser. When word reaches 'The Department' - an ailing section of British intelligence - that Soviet missiles are being installed close to the West German border, it seems the perfect opportunity to show Control and Smiley, their rivals over at the Circus, that The Department still has value. Former spy Fred Leiser is lured back from retirement to investigate, and manages to cross the border into East Germany in a dangerous night-time operation. But the world has changed since The Department's glory days during the Second World War. The harsh realities of the Cold War now prevail, and there is no place for heroes... With a distinguished cast including Ian McDiarmid and Philip Jackson, this compelling dramatisation perfectly captures the atmosphere of le Carrs chilling novel of deception and betrayal.

Smiley's People

Smiley's People

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

When a Russian emigre is found murdered on Hampstead Heath, Smiley is called out of retirement to exorcise some Cold War ghosts from his clandestine past. What follows is Smiley the human being at his most vulnerable and Smiley the case officer at his most brilliant; and it takes to a thrilling conclusion his career-long, serpentine battle with the enigmatic and ruthless Russian spymaster Karla... Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a distinguished cast including Anna Chancellor, Lindsay Duncan, Maggie Steed, Alex Jennings and Kenneth Cranham, this enthralling dramatisation captures every nuance of le Carrs complex and compelling novel - the final book in John le Carrs Karla trilogy.

Small Town in Germany, A

Small Town in Germany, A

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

London's security officer Alan Turner is sent to Bonn to find the missing man and files, as Germany's past, present and future threaten to collide in a nightmare of violence.

Perfect Spy, A

Perfect Spy, A

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the bestselling novel by John le Carre, starring James Fox, Harriet Walter and Julian Rhind-Tutt. Magnus Pym, Counsellor at the British Embassy, is hosting a dinner party at his home in Vienna when he receives an unexpected telephone call that will profoundly affect his life. Once the guests have gone, Pym breaks the news to his wife, Mary: his father, Rick, is dead. In a state of shock, he says something Mary cannot understand - 'After all these years, I'm free.' Magnus flies back to England to attend the funeral - and doesn't return. As Mary and MI6 spymaster Jack Brotherhood desperately try to find out his whereabouts, it soon becomes clear that Pym has been keeping secrets from both his family and his employers, the British Intelligence Service. Hiding out in a remote cottage in Devon, where he goes by the name of Mr Canterbury, Magnus begins to write his memoirs - retracing his rise and fall and revealing how Rick led him step by step into a double life of deception, broken promises and betrayal... Adapted from the John le Carr novel by Rene Basilico.

Small Town in Germany, A (BBC Radio 4 drama)

Small Town in Germany, A (BBC Radio 4 drama)

Author: John le Carre Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

You're not to disturb, annoy or offend. They're walking on a knife edge out there, anything could tilt the balance.' Missing: one junior diplomat and 43 of the British Embassy's most confidential files. The timing is alarmingly significant: with neo-Nazi riots and radical student demonstrations, the threat to Germany's security is all too apparent. Britain's own Alan Turner is sent in, with instructions to tread carefully at all costs. But will he find the missing man and the files before the political situation erupts? Kenneth Haigh stars as Alan Turner with Bernard Hepton as Rawley Bradfield in a fast-paced, explosive dramatisation of John le Carre's acclaimed spy story, dramatised by Rene Basilico.

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