The Cold War is at its most chill. Alec Leamas, a seasoned British Intelligence officer whose entire East German network has been arrested or shot, leaves West Berlin for London, believing his career is over.
John le Carre was born in 1931. 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. His recent novels include A Most Wanted Man, Our Kind of Traitor and A Delicate Truth.
Passionate, intense, wonderful -- David Nicholls
The best spy story I have ever read -- Graham Greene
A masterpiece, the best espionage novel ever written -- John Banville
One of those writers who will be read a century from now -- Robert Harris