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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy  - John le Carre

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Now a major film starring Gary Oldman and Colin Firth.

The enduring novel by one of our greatest storytellers.

George Smiley, who is a troubled man of infinite compassion, is also a single-mindedly ruthless adversary as a spy.

The scene which he enters is a Cold War landscape of moles and lamplighters, scalp-hunters and pavement artists, where men are turned, burned or bought for stock. Smiley's mission is to catch a Moscow Centre mole burrowed thirty years deep into the Circus itself.

About the Author

John le Carre was born in 1931. His third novel, THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, secured him a wide reputation which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, THE HONOURABLE SCHOOLBOY and SMILEY'S PEOPLE. His other novels include THE CONSTANT GARDENER, ABSOLUTE FRIENDS, THE MISSION SONG and A MOST WANTED MAN.

'Gary Oldman gives one of the best performances of the year as George Smiley in Tomas Alfredson's big-screen version of John le Carre's novel TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY. It's a sublime piece of acting - so brilliant you might not even notice how superior it is, yet requiring a skill few possess. The acting on all fronts is delicious: I couldn't take my eyes off Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kathy Burke, Toby Jones, Mark Strong and Ciaran Hinds. It's sure to be at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals and it opens in September. See if you can spot the author singing the Russian anthem at a Christmas party.' - Daily Mail

A great thriller, the best le Carr has written. - Spectator

'A stunning story' - Wall Street Journal

'John le Carr is the great master of the spy story . . . the constant flow of emotion lifts him above most novelists now practising.' - Financial Times

John Le Carre

John le Carré is the nom de plume of David John Moore Cornwell, who was born in 1931 in Poole, Dorset, and was educated at Sherborne School, at the University of Berne (where he studied German literature for a year) and at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he graduated with a first-class honours degree in modern languages.

He taught at Eton from 1956 to 1958 and was a member of the British Foreign Service from 1959 to 1964, serving first as Second Secretary in the British Embassy in Bonn and subsequently as Political Consul in Hamburg. He started writing novels in 1961, and since then has published twenty-one titles.

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ISBN: 9781444728170
ISBN-10: 1444728172
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 29th November 2011
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.1  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1