• He can communicate emotion, from sweating fear to despairing love, with terse and compassionate conviction. Above all, he can tell a tale. Formidable equipment for a rare and disturbing writer

    Sunday Times
  • I have re-read The Spy Who Came In From The Cold over and over again since I first encountered it in my teens, just to remind myself how extraordinary a work of fiction can be

    Malcolm Gladwell
  • He's one of those writers who will be read a century from now

    Robert Harris
  • The best spy story I have ever read

    Graham Greene on The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • Perhaps the most significant novelist of the second half of the 20th century in Britain. He will have charted our decline and recorded the nature of our bureaucracies like no one else has. He's in the first rank

    Ian McEwan
  • A literary master for a generation


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