by John le Carré

Modern and Contemporary Fiction Political / Legal Thrillers Thriller and Suspense Literary Fiction

Silverview Synopsis

Julian Lawndsley has renounced his high-flying job in the City for a simpler life running a bookshop in a small English seaside town. But only a couple of months into his new career, Julian's evening is disrupted by a visitor. Edward, a Polish emigre living in Silverview, the big house on the edge of town, seems to know a lot about Julian's family and is rather too interested in the inner workings of his modest new enterprise.

When a letter turns up at the door of a spy chief in London warning him of a dangerous leak, the investigations lead him to this quiet town by the sea . . .

Silverview is the mesmerising story of an encounter between innocence and experience and between public duty and private morals. In this last complete masterwork from the greatest chronicler of our age, John le Carre asks what you owe to your country when you no longer recognise it.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780241994535
Publication date: 28th April 2022
Author: John le Carré
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Primary Genre Thriller and Suspense
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John le Carré Press Reviews

I've got a soft spot for John le Carre -- Barack Obama

His characters are rarely ciphers; they're all wrestling their ambitions and frustrations and inadequacies and posturings -- Ralph Fiennes

John le Carre brought style and substance to the spy novel . . . our great chronicler of the geopolitical made personal -- Ian Rankin

Sui generis, a true master of the art -- Adrian McKinty

Not one word of excessive emotion in his books, and yet by the end, you're wrung out by them, wiser, more understanding of the human condition -- Kit de Waal

One of those writers who will be read a century from now -- Robert Harris

As a writer he transcended mere genre . . . His books will live as long as people continue to read -- John Banville

Perhaps the most significant novelist of the second half of the 20th century in Britain. He's in the first rank -- Ian McEwan

First-rate prose and a fascinating plot . . . a fitting coda to a remarkable career - Publishers Weekly

Le Carre is the master of the spy genre - Guardian

In a league of his own - Sunday Times

A literary master for a generation - Observer

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About John le Carré

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. Author photo © White Hare Ltd

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