John le Carre with audiobook cover of his new novel 'Agent Running in the Field'

Penguin is delighted to announce that John le Carré will be narrating the audiobook of his highly anticipated new novel, Agent Running in the Field. Published on 17 October 2019, this will be le Carré’s 25th novel.  

Set in London in 2018, it follows a twenty-six-year-old solitary figure who, in a desperate attempt to resist the new political turbulence swirling around him, makes connections that will take him down a very dangerous path. Agent Running in the Field is an exhilarating novel that confronts the division and rage at the heart of our modern world

Samantha Halstead, Editorial Director, Penguin Random House Audio UK says: ‘We’re incredibly excited that John le Carré has narrated his audio edition. His reading is completely sublime, and brings such authenticity to this gripping book - le Carré fans are truly in for a treat!’

le Carré has narrated previous audiobooks of his work, notably A Delicate Truth in 2013 and his memoir The Pigeon Tunnel in 2016.

  • Agent Running in the Field

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    Nat, a 47 year-old veteran of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie.

    Nat is not only a spy, he is a passionate badminton player. His regular Monday evening opponent is half his age: the introspective and solitary Ed. Ed hates Brexit, hates Trump and hates his job at some soulless media agency. And it is Ed, of all unlikely people, who will take Prue, Florence and Nat himself down the path of political anger that will ensnare them all. Agent Running in the Field is a chilling portrait of our time, now heartbreaking, now darkly humorous, told to us with unflagging tension by the greatest chronicler of our age.

    'No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times' Guardian

    'John le Carré is as recognisable a writer as Dickens or Austen' Financial Times

    'No writer has ever been better at turning the act of two people talking politely to each other across a desk into a blood sport' Telegraph

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