His death this week marked the end of a career which produced internationally acclaimed novels in every decade from the 1960s onwards. Le Carré’s work was enjoyed by readers and critics alike and adapted multiple times for film and television, making him one of the most celebrated and influential authors of modern times. But where to start if you’re new to this work? Here is our starter for ten.
The author's novels topped global bestseller lists in each decade from the 1960s onwards. He won widespread international acclaim as a humanitarian, as well as a literary giant, winning the Olof Palme Prize in 2020.
From John Le Carré to Ian Fleming, Baroness Orczy to Viet Thanh Nguyen, these authors' 'special skill' is to keep you on the edge of your seat...
Published on October 17 2019, Agent Running in the Field will be le Carré’s 25th novel.
Alongside Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Shannon, Florence Pugh stars in The Little Drummer Girl, the latest adaptation of John le Carré’s thrilling novel of espionage and betrayal. Here she reads le Carré’s description of the character that she herself plays in the BBC series.
John le Carré’s suspense-filled drama The Little Drummer Girl hits TV screens later this year. Here's your first look at the production that includes industry heavyweights Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Shannon.
In John le Carré's new novel, A Legacy of Spies, George Smiley makes a comeback. But how much do you know about the events that made the man? Read on to discover the story behind the spy...
Explore some of the infamous London locations featured in John le Carré’s novels below.
In this extract from The Pigeon Tunnel, John le Carré describes the accusations of disloyalty he faced from former Secret Service colleagues - and how Alec Guinness used them in his portrayal of George Smiley
Penguin editor Mary Mount on how it felt to be the first reader of John le Carré’s new book, A Legacy of Spies, which sees the return of Smiley after 25 years
John le Carré was born in 1931 and died in 2020. He attended the universities of Bern and Oxford, and taught at Eton before serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War. For more than fifty years he lived by his pen.