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  • Fascinating, important, pithy. Anyone interested in le Carré and his significant contribution to the literature of the 20th and 21st centuries will want to read these engaging meanderings through his life and career.He has plenty to say about Kim Philby, the movie business, fellow spooks and Russian defectors, encounters with the great and good, and his intrepid travels to research his novels

    William Boyd, Guardian
  • Vintage le Carré ... [he] remains a magician of plot and counter-plot, a master storyteller

  • John le Carré is as recognizable a writer as Dickens or Austen

    Financial Times
  • When I was under house arrest I was helped by the books of John le Carré ... they were a journey into the wider world ... These were the journeys that made me feel that I was not really cut off from the rest of humankind

    Aung San Suu Kyi
  • No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times

  • A smashing read

    Richard Davenport-Hines, Wall Street Journal
  • Offers thrills of recognition as le Carré's archetypes spring to life... The 84-year old novelist discards extended narrative and writes in elegiac fragments with linking harmonies, like the late works of that other German Romantic, Beethoven

    John Gapper, Financial Times
  • Exceptionally well-turned and enjoyable

    David Sexton, Evening Standard
  • Grippingly written, it is revealing in ways the author never intended it to be

    Sunday Telegraph
  • Cagey, clever, revealing

    Daily Telegraph

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