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Agent Running in the Field

John le Carre

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Penguin
01 September 2020
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Espionage & spy thriller; Political & legal thriller
Nat, a veteran of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, thinks his years as an agent runner are over. But MI6 have other plans. To tackle the growing threat from Moscow Centre, Nat is put in charge of The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. His weekly badminton session with the young, introspective, Brexit-hating Ed, offers respite from the new job. But it is Ed, of all unlikely people, who will take Nat down the path of political anger that will ensnare them all.
By:   John le Carre
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   330g
ISBN:   9780241986547
ISBN 10:   0241986540
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   01 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for Agent Running in the Field

The master of the espionage novel returns with a perfectly nuanced story of a spy on the scrapheap at the age of 47 and uncertain who to trust in the world of Brexit and divided loyalties * Daily Mail, Books of the Year * Classic, unmistakeable le Carre . . . it has the added bonus of some wonderfully vitriolic rants * Shots magazine: Book of the Month * Astute state-of-the-nation commentary * The Guardian Books of the Year * One of those writers who will be read a century from now * Robert Harris * Blisteringly contemporary . . . Each new book from le Carre is refreshingly different and uniquely compelling * Economist * A literary master for a generation * Observer * Le Carre demonstrates once again his sublime elegance as a writer, and his delicate touch when portraying human failings in the shadowy world of espionage . . . subtle, wry and seamless, it's an utter joy, from first page to last * Daily Mail * A bang-up-to-date investigation of some of the big issues of our time * Sunday Express * John le Carre is as recognisable a writer as Dickens or Austen * Financial Times * Wonderful . . . sophisticated entertainment from an author who, at 88, remains sharper than most of us * Church Times * The master espionage novelist takes on Brexit and Trump in this tense and chilling portrait of today * Evening Standard * A rich, beautifully written book studded with surprises. Narrative is a black art, and Le Carre is its grandmaster * Andrew Taylor, Spectator * The master is back on form in this tale of Russian subterfuge and a middle-aged spy 's suspicious badminton partner * The Times * No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times * Guardian * Le Carre's troubled new protagonist is developed with the author's customary skill . . . an impeccable piece of writing * i * Master of the game * Sunday Times * A masterpiece * Mick Herron, TLS * As ingeniously structured as any of le Carre's fiction, skilfully misdirecting the reader for much of the time * Evening Standard * Le Carre delivers a tale for our times, replete with the classic seasoning of betrayal, secret state shenanigans and sad-eyed human frailty, all baked into an oven-hot contemporary thriller . . . Agent Running in the Field is right on the money, in psychology as much as politics, a demonstration of the British spy thriller at its unputdownable best * Robert McCrum, Observer * A very classy entertainment about political ideals and deception . . . laced with fury at the senseless vandalism of Brexit and of Trump. Le Carre is the master of the spy genre. * Guardian * A fine piece of storytelling. It is a neat, compact, slow-burning tale with just the right amount of twisting and turning and misdirection. Divided loyalties, uncertain motives, Russian agents, bureaucratic infighting, jaded spies, tatty offices - all of the things you want and expect from a high-quality le Carre thriller are here * The Times *


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