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Smiley versus Karla

John Le Carré
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John Le Carré

In these three masterly novels, John le Carré brings to thrilling life the shadowy battlegrounds of the Cold War - a war of ambiguous victories and hidden defeats orchestrated from the corridors of the Circus and Moscow Centre, and staffed by an army of moles and lamplighters, scalphunters and pavement artists. Stalking each other through this twilight landscape are the incomparable George Smiley and his ruthless opposite number, codenamed Karla, the Soviet case officer who has been slowly masterminding the Circus's ruin.Their extraordinary duel not only raised the spy novel to new heights of realism and complexity, it also constitutes one of the major triumphs of contemporary fiction, confirming John le Carré as a profound chronicler of the post-war world and a novelist of unfailing humanity.

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Smiley's People

John Le Carré
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John Le Carré
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A Most Wanted Man

John Le Carré
Authors:
John Le Carré

A half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse round his neck. He is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa. Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation. Soon her client's survival becomes more important to her than her own career. In pursuit of Issa's mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous Tommy Brue, the sixty-year-old scion of Brue Frères, a failing British bank based in Hamburg. A triangle of impossible loves is born. Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the so-called War on Terror, the spies of three nations converge upon the innocents. Poignant, compassionate, peopled with characters the reader never wants to let go, A MOST WANTED MAN is alive with humour, yet prickles with tension until the last heart-stopping page. It is also a work of deep humanity, and uncommon relevance to our times.

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The Naive and Sentimental Lover

John Le Carré
Authors:
John Le Carré

At the age of 38, Aldo Cassidy in the eyes of the world, if not his wife, is a wealthy and good man. He in ingenious and thrusting. He has founded his own business, his inventions have made him the success story of the pram trade. Nevertheless, inwardly the earnest and aspiring merchant yearns for more: to invest his heart with the same success with which once he invested his talents and his money. Touring Somerset in the protective isolation of his splendid Bentley, vaguely searching for a stately home which, in his fantasy, might supply him with the identity of an English country gentleman, he encounters a charming if wayward couple, Helen and Shamus, and falls in love with them both. Suddenly his prayers have been answered.By turns their disciple, patron, lover, Cassidy is swept deliriously, ferociously, and yet somehow always innocently into that bewildering world where feeling is the only justification for action; a world at once creative and destructive. His odyssey takes him through Paris, through the intellectual reaches of north London, and finally to the Alps of the Bernese Oberland. With humour, pain and love, The Sentimental Lover describes the night-walk of a man caught between the two sides of his aspiring nature.

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The Little Drummer Girl

John Le Carré
Authors:
John Le Carré
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A Perfect Spy

John Le Carré
Authors:
John Le Carré

le Carré's most autobiographical novel is also widely held to be his masterpiece, and the finest spy novel of the twentieth-century.'le Carré's best book, and one of the finest English novels of the twentieth century' Philip Pullman'Without doubt his masterpiece.' The Sunday Times'A perfect work of fiction'The Sunday Times'One of the enduring peaks of imaginative literature in our time' Los Angeles TimesMagnus Pym, ranking diplomat, has vanished, believed defected. The chase is on: for a missing husband, a devoted father, and a secret agent. Pym's life, it is revealed, is entirely made up of secrets.Dominated by a father who is also a confidence trickster on an epic scale, Pym has from the age of seventeen been controlled by two mentors. It is these men, racing each other, who are orchestrating the search to find the perfect spy.Described by the author as his most autobiographical work, John le Carré's eleventh novel masterfully blends wit, compassion and unflagging tension with the poignant story of an estranged father and son.'The best spy novel of all time' Publishers Weekly'The best English novel since the war' Philip Roth

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The Russia House

John Le Carré
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John Le Carré
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Single & Single

John Le Carré
Authors:
John Le Carré
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Absolute Friends

John Le Carré
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John Le Carré
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The Mission Song

John Le Carré
Authors:
John Le Carré

Bruno Salvador, known to friends and enemies alike as Salvo, is the ever-innocent, twenty-nine-year-old orphaned love-child of a Catholic Irish missionary and a Congolese headman's daughter. Educated first at mission school in the East Congolese province of Kivu, and later at a discreet sanctuary for the secret sons of Rome, Salvo is inspired by his mentor Brother Michael to train as a professional interpreter in the minority African languages of which, almost from birth, he has been an obsessive collector. Soon a rising star in his profession, he is courted by City corporations, hospitals, law courts, the Immigration services and - inevitably - the mushrooming overworld of British Intelligence. He is also courted - and won - by the all-white, Surrey-born Penelope, star reporter on one of our great national newspapers, whom with typical impulsiveness he promptly marries. Yet even as the story opens, a contrary and irresistible love is dawning in him. Despatched to a no-name island in the North Sea to attend a top-secret meeting between Western financiers and East Congolese warlords, Salvo is obliged to interpret matters never intended for his re-awoken African conscience.

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The Constant Gardener

John Le Carré
Authors:
John Le Carré

Frightening, heartbreaking and exquisitely calibrated, John le Carré's new novel opens with the gruesome murder of the young and beautiful Tessa Quayle near Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya, the birthplace of mankind. Her putative African novel and travelling companion, a doctor with one of the aid agencies, has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa's husband, Justin, a career diplomat and amateur gardener at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive. His quest takes him to the Foreign Office in London, across Europe and Canada and back to Africa, to the depths of South Sudan, and finally to the very spot where Tessa died. On his way he meets terror, violence, laughter, conspiracy and knowledge. But his greatest discovery is the woman he barely had time to love. THE CONSTANT GARDENER is a profoundly moving story of a man ennobled by tragedy, and a magnificent exploration of the dark side of unbridled capitalism by one of the most compelling and elegant storytellers of our time. It takes its place effortlessly among the very best of le Carré's work.

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John le Carré Collection

John Le Carré
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John Le Carré
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Our Game

John Le Carré
Authors:
John Le Carré
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A Murder of Quality

John Le Carré
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John Le Carré
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The Secret Pilgrim

John Le Carré
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John Le Carré
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Call for the Dead

John Le Carré
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John Le Carré
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The Looking Glass War

John Le Carré
Authors:
John Le Carré

How long was it since the Department had mounted an operation? Too long. Now it has a job on its hands. Uncertain evidence suggests Soviet missiles being put in place close to the German border, while vital film has gone missing and a courier is dead.The Department has to find an old hand who will prove its mettle. Fred Leiser, a German-speaking Pole turned Englishman, once a qualified radio-operator, now something in the motor trade, must be called back to the colours and sent East ...

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A Small Town in Germany

John Le Carré
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John Le Carré

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The Night Manager

John Le Carré
Authors:
John Le Carré

In the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade.Jonathan Pine is ready to stand up and be counted in the fight against this ultimate heart of darkness. His mission takes him from the cliffs of west Cornwall, via northern Quebec and the Caribbean, to the jungles of post-Noriega Panama. His quarry is the worst man in the world.

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

John Le Carré
Authors:
John Le Carré

Smiley and his people are facing a remarkable challenge: a mole - a soviet double agent - who has burrowed his way in and up to the highest level of British Intelligence. His treachery has already blown some of their vital operations and their best networks. The mole is one of their own kind. But which one?''His people are full-bodied, believable individuals, the minor characters as vivid as the main cast ... a stunning story'The Wall Street Journal