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  • Le Carré at his finest, revealing character and backstory through dialogue with an economy and grace beyond most writers . . . le Carré's greatness has its roots in his mastery of spy fiction; a genre he augmented with novels notable for their craftsmanship and humanity, and writing for its stealth and sophistication. With the publication of Silverview, it's clear these virtues remained intact to the end.

    Mick Herron, Guardian
  • Thematically, this is classic le Carré: an exploration of how people do the wrong thing for the right motive. The prose is as unshowily superb as ever

    Sunday Telegraph
  • His publisher is promoting it as a great literary event - the final book by one of postwar Britain's finest writers. That seems fair enough to me . . . [Silverview has] enough reminders of the old magic to please his most ardent aficionados

    Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times
  • A fitting coda to the work of our greatest spy novelist

    John Williams, Mail on Sunday
  • Textbook le Carré and a pleasing coda to a brilliant career: a short, sharp study of the human cost of espionage

    Daily Telegraph
  • The first page hooks you in . . . John le Carré has lost none of his power to draw the reader straight into his world

    The Times
  • A superb example of le Carré's enduring and exquisite genius

    Daily Mail, A Book of the Year
  • There is a retro charm about proceedings . . . as well as a welcome array of familiar le Carré tropes, from sharply drawn characters to stimulating interviews and debriefings, plus a compelling denouement involving a wanted man on the run . . . a worthy coda, a commanding farewell from a much-missed master

    Economist
  • Arguably the greatest English novelist of his generation

    Guardian
  • Crisp prose, a precision-tooled plot, the heady sense of an inside track on a shadowy world . . . all his usual pleasures are here

    Observer

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