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Not since The Spy Who Came in From The Cold has le Carré exercised his gift as a storyteller so powerfully and to such thrilling effect -- John Banville ― Guardian

Gripping, fast-paced . . . A splendid novel -- Andrew Marr ― Sunday Times

A brilliant novel of deception, love and trust to join his supreme espionage canon -- Simon Sebag Montefiore ― Evening Standard, Books of the Year

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

It gives the reader, at long last, pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that have been missing for 54 years . . . A Legacy of Spies does something remarkable . . . Like wine, le Carré's writing has got richer with ageThe Times

le Carré's masterful new novel -- Jonathan Freedland ― The Guardian

The English canon has rarely seen an acclaimed novelist and popular entertainer sustain such a hot streak in old age . . . A Legacy of Spies achieves many things. Outstandingly, it is a defiant assertion of creative vigourThe Observer

A Legacy of Spies deploys a complex and ingeniously layered structure to make the past alive in the present once more . . . le Carré has not lost his touchEvening Standard

His writing is as crisp as ever . . . another tale of intrigue which will slip effortlessly into its place in the Smiley canonDaily Express

What are we to make of Smiley? What is his game? Do we like him? Admire him? Every le Carré reader has wrestled with these questions-and A Legacy of Spies brings them to the fore more directly than any previous book ― Vanity Fair

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 (31 May 2018)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0241981611
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0241981610
  • Item Weight : 340 g
  • Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Generic Name : Book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Fantastic!
By Dippy on 20 September 2017
This book embodies the art of good story telling and impeccable writing. Le Carre captures the atmosphere of his settings so beautifully, his characters are so well embodied and the pace of the narrative never flags for a moment. The struggles, joys, victories and losses are described spectacularly. It comes alive and one may be reading it but the portrayal makes the story playing out like a film. A real espionage story is what this is all about - not the glamour of Fleming or the super-humans of Ludlum - but the grit, drudgery, hard work of agents, human frailty, poky safe-houses and above all, the bureaucratic maze and political meddling.
A must for all serious readers of English fiction.
My generation will be nostalgic for the days of George Smiley and the newer generation will be stimulated, I hope, to read the old classics like [[ASIN:0141194529 The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Penguin Modern Classics)]], [[ASIN:0143119788 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel]], [[ASIN:0340993774 The Honourable Schoolboy]], [[ASIN:0340993782 Smiley's People]] etc.
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