John le Carré

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John le Carré’s son to write new George Smiley novel
Nicholas Cornwell will return his father’s best-loved spy to the page in a new novel set between The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Lucy Knight

10, Nov, 2023 @2:00 PM

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John le Carré biographer Adam Sisman: ‘He wanted to make me love him’
Sisman, whose new book on the spy turned novelist chronicles his many extramarital affairs, discusses the morality of biography and how le Carré attempted to seduce him

Tim Adams

21, Oct, 2023 @5:00 PM

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Milli Vanilli to The Pigeon Tunnel: the seven best films to watch on TV this week
It’s a week full of fascinating documentaries, from the biggest lip-syncing scandal in pop history to John le Carré’s wild tales of being a spy

Simon Wardell

20, Oct, 2023 @12:49 PM

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The Secret Life of John le Carré by Adam Sisman review – the constant philanderer
Three years after le Carré’s death, his official biographer reveals the adultery that was off limits during his lifetime. Does it further our appreciation of his work?

Anthony Cummins

15, Oct, 2023 @6:00 AM

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The Secret Life of John le Carré by Adam Sisman review – the spy who loved me
A chronicle of the author’s many affairs unable to be published during his lifetime

Alex Clark

11, Oct, 2023 @11:00 AM

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The Pigeon Tunnel review – inside the extraordinary life of John le Carré
Errol Morris’s gentle interview allows the mesmeric writer to hold forth on how his relationship with dodgy dad Ronnie informed his life as a spy and novelist

Peter Bradshaw

11, Sep, 2023 @4:00 PM

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Top 10 female spies in fiction
Women’s role in espionage, largely written by women, leans less on explosions and more on perception, nuance and explorations of sacrifice – though they still kick ass

Kim Sherwood

23, Aug, 2023 @12:24 PM

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‘There’s never a dull day amid my father’s words’: what John le Carré’s letters revealed to his son
Cornwell had recently finished editing a volume of his late father’s letters when he died suddenly last year. His widow, Anna Arthur, pays homage to the legacy both men left behind

Anna Arthur

01, Jul, 2023 @10:00 AM

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This month’s best paperbacks: Stephen King, Kamila Shamsie and more
Looking for a new reading recommendation? Here are some exciting new paperbacks, from the tales of a rock star’s past to heartfelt novels

22, Jun, 2023 @12:41 PM

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007 meets the occult: why spies and sorcerers are a perfect fit in fiction
Espionage and magic share codes, secrets and rituals and a new cohort of writers are now casting their literary spells

David Barnett

15, Apr, 2023 @4:00 PM

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A Private Spy audiobook review – the letters of John le Carré
David Harewood and Florence Pugh narrate this incisive collection, edited by the author’s son

Fiona Sturges

10, Mar, 2023 @12:00 PM

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Second John le Carré biography to reveal secrets held back while author was alive
The Secret Life of John le Carré by Adam Sisman, who published an authorised biography in 2015, promises ‘a hidden life of secrecy, passion and betrayal’

Sarah Shaffi

01, Mar, 2023 @5:28 PM

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