John le Carre 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 more than fifty years he has lived by his pen. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.
'John le Carre is as recognisable a writer as Dickens or Austen' Financial Times * Financial Times * A literary master for a generation * Observer * One of those writers who will be read a century from now No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times * Guardian * Blisteringly contemporary . . . Each new book from le Carre is refreshingly different and uniquely compelling * Economist *