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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.
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April 2014 Guest Editor Nicci French on The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. There are certain touchstones I have for thriller writing and this is one of them. Its dingy Cold War atmosphere is unmatched, it has a fiendishly intricate plot that out-Christies Agatha Christie. Even the title is a work of genius. Something to try to live up to. The Lovereading view... A beautiful 50th Anniversary special edition featuring archival material and with a special cover design based on the 1st edition jacket from 1963. In le Carre's breakthrough work of 1963, the spy story is reborn as a gritty and terrible tale of men who are caught up in politics beyond their imagining. As brilliant today as it was then. This 50th Anniversary edition also includes an introduction by William Boyd. March 2013 Guest Editor Charles Cumming on The Spy Who Came in from the Cold... John le Carre has written longer, more complex books, but this remains his masterpiece. The story of a weary British spy who is sent out on one final mission behind the Iron Curtain, the novel is beautifully constructed and extraordinarily atmospheric. A 2011 World Book Night selection.