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John le Carre is the pen name 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. Michael Jayston is an English actor born in 1935. He has appeared in film and on television in many Shakespearian roles, as well as in Doctor Who, EastEnders and the televised serial Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He is the narrator for all of John le Carre's audiobook novels and was awarded an Earphones Award for his talent recording The Constant Gardener by le Carre.
'A beautifully polished, utterly knowing and palpitating book.' --
'A marvellously observed relentless tale.' -- The Observer
'A story complex and intense enough to carry both the philosophical weight and the page-turning tension that, combined, make him the supreme tale-teller he is.' -- San Francisco Chronicle