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A Legacy of Spies

John Le Carre


9780241308554

Viking


Fiction & Literature


Paperback

320 pages

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— The ghosts of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold haunt le Carre's latest book. This is a story of retribution and atonement as the past rears its head, calling the Circus (the British Secret Service) to account. Peter Guillam, one of Smiley's most trusted foot soldiers, is called back to London to give his version of an operation called Windfall that ended in the deaths of two people. This is classic le Carre, a period all his fans have been waiting for him to revisit. Not to be missed. Greg Waldron

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This is the first novel in over 25 years to feature George Smiley, le Carré’s most beloved character.

Peter 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 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 and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria 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 Carré 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 Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

By:   John Le Carre
Imprint:   Viking
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   356g
ISBN:   9780241308554
ISBN 10:   0241308550
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   September 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

John le Carre was born in 1931. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a worldwide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People. His recent novels include A Most Wanted Man, Our Kind of Traitor and A Delicate Truth. His only work of non-fiction, The Pigeon Tunnel, was a Number One bestseller in 2016.


He can communicate emotion, from sweating fear to despairing love, with terse and compassionate conviction. Above all, he can tell a tale. Formidable equipment for a rare and disturbing writer * Sunday Times * I have re-read The Spy Who Came In From The Cold over and over again since I first encountered it in my teens, just to remind myself how extraordinary a work of fiction can be -- Malcolm Gladwell He's one of those writers who will be read a century from now -- Robert Harris The best spy story I have ever read -- Graham Greene on The Spy Who Came In From The Cold Perhaps the most significant novelist of the second half of the 20th century in Britain. He will have charted our decline and recorded the nature of our bureaucracies like no one else has. He's in the first rank -- Ian McEwan A literary master for a generation -- Observer

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