Agent Running in the Field
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The greatest chronicler of the age turns his incisive gaze to the tumultuous present in this superb new thriller.

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John le Carre was born in 1931. For six decades, he wrote novels that came to define our age. The son of a confidence trickster, he spent his childhood between boarding school and the London underworld. At sixteen he found refuge at the university of Bern, then later at Oxford. A spell of teaching at Eton led him to a short career in British Intelligence (MI5&6). He published his debut novel, Call for the Dead, in 1961 while still a secret servant. 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. At the end of the Cold War, le Carre widened his scope to explore an international landscape including the arms trade and the War on Terror. His memoir, The Pigeon Tunnel, was published in 2016 and the last George Smiley novel, A Legacy of Spies, appeared in 2017. He died on 12 December 2020.

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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 *
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 *
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 *
As ingeniously structured as any of le Carre's fiction, skilfully misdirecting the reader for much of the time * Evening Standard *
A masterpiece * Mick Herron, TLS *
Master of the game * Sunday Times *
Le Carre's troubled new protagonist is developed with the author's customary skill . . . an impeccable piece of writing * i *
No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times * Guardian *
The master is back on form in this tale of Russian subterfuge and a middle-aged spy 's suspicious badminton partner * The Times *
A rich, beautifully written book studded with surprises. Narrative is a black art, and Le Carre is its grandmaster * Andrew Taylor, Spectator *
The master espionage novelist takes on Brexit and Trump in this tense and chilling portrait of today * Evening Standard *
Wonderful . . . sophisticated entertainment from an author who, at 88, remains sharper than most of us * Church Times *
John le Carre is as recognisable a writer as Dickens or Austen * Financial Times *
A bang-up-to-date investigation of some of the big issues of our time * Sunday Express *
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 literary master for a generation * Observer *
Blisteringly contemporary . . . Each new book from le Carre is refreshingly different and uniquely compelling * Economist *
One of those writers who will be read a century from now * Robert Harris *
Astute state-of-the-nation commentary * The Guardian Books of the Year *
Classic, unmistakeable le Carre . . . it has the added bonus of some wonderfully vitriolic rants * Shots magazine: Book of the Month *
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 *

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