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Call for the Dead (The Penguin John le Carré Hardback Collection) Hardcover – 3 May 2018

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Intelligent, thrilling, surprising ... makes most cloak-and-dagger stuff taste of cardboard. ― Sunday Telegraph

Brilliant. Realistic. Constant suspense. ― Observer

The greatest spy novelist of all time ... astounding works of the imagination. -- Jake Kerridge ― Daily Telegraph

Brilliant, popular, intelligent, thrilling, suspenseful, angry, original, masterful writing. Can't be topped. -- Armando Iannucci

An extraordinary writer who brought literary lustre and lived insight to the spy yarn. -- Ian Rankin

One of those writers who will be read a century from now. -- Robert Harris

His Smiley novels are key to understanding the mid-20th century. -- Margaret Atwood

What Joseph Conrad started, John le Carré enshrined and made modern. That is the real achievement of his great novels and why they will endure ... we should see him as our contemporary Dickens. -- William Boyd ― New Statesman

Brilliant. Realistic. Constant suspense ― Observer

Intelligent, thrilling, surprising ... makes most cloak-and-dagger stuff taste of cardboard ― Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

John le Carré was born in 1931. For six decades, he wrote novels that came to define our age. The son of a confidence trickster, he spent his childhood between boarding school and the London underworld. At sixteen he found refuge at the university of Bern, then later at Oxford. A spell of teaching at Eton led him to a short career in British Intelligence (MI5&6). He published his debut novel, Call for the Dead, in 1961 while still a secret servant. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a worldwide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People. At the end of the Cold War, le Carré widened his scope to explore an international landscape including the arms trade and the War on Terror. His memoir, The Pigeon Tunnel, was published in 2016 and the last George Smiley novel, A Legacy of Spies, appeared in 2017. He died on 12 December 2020.

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  • Publisher : Penguin Classics (3 May 2018)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 160 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0241337089
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0241337080
  • Item Weight : 198 g
  • Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Generic Name : Book
  • Customer Reviews:
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5.0 out of 5 stars My first spy novel
By Arnab on 1 October 2019
If u want 2 read John Le Carre, start from this novel.. Packaging was good by amazon.. Book was in good shape, as expected.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good spy thriller!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good spy thriller!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 May 2020
I have never read any of the George Smiley books, therefore I was surprised to find it was over 150 pages. Quality not quantity certainly stands out, as this book is very fast-paced, interesting and a wonderful introduction to Smiley. Some parts are little complicated, but it includes some excellent character studies and some humorous views. I read this in less than 24 hours and have already purchased the second!

I would highly recommend this, even if you are not into spy thrillers as it reads like a grown ups famous five or secret seven, it is very good and does not get bogged down in detail!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where it all began...
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