A few weeks back I wrote about books that John Le Carré has either introduced or recommended.
I’ve found six more Le Carré books that either have a JlC written introduction or essay. There was also a recent le Carré blurb.
The Rape of a Nation by Marcus Bleasdale – Forward by JlC. A book of unflinching and striking black and white photos of the Congo. Le Carré offers one of his typically thoughtful meditations on the effect of colonialism and it’s continued impact. “But the Congo has one secret that is hard to pass on if you haven’t learned it at first hand. Look carefully and you will find it in these pages: a gaiety of spirit and a love of life that, even in the worst of times, leave the pampered Westerner moved and humbled beyond words.”
England’s Glory Text by Gareth Huw Davies, Photos by Various – 8 page introduction to the book by JlC. “Meanwhile, our most ancient birthright – our land – is being stolen from beneath our noses. Not by an invading army. But by devolved powers. By neglect. By loophole. By apathy and want of a commanding central vision. By faceless men in secret conclave. But finally, I am afraid, by ourselves, who have too often failed to exercise the ancient rights and freedoms that were won for us by our noisier forebears, and still have to be fought for every day.”
22 ideas that saved the English countryside by Peter Waine and Oliver Hilliam – Introduction to the chapter on Preservation by JlC. “[A]gainst the endless drip-drop of smaller violations that will over time will cause just as much damage to our beloved countryside we become almost powerless. In this war of attrition the energy is everywhere.”
East West Street by Philippe Sands – Blurb by JlC. “A monumental achievement…a profoundly personal account of the origins of crimes against humanity and genocide, told with love, anger and precision.”
Duet for Freedom by Dina Abdel Hamid – Forward by JlC. He encountered Salah Ta’amari, touted in the 80’s as the highest ranking PLO official ever captured, while researching The Little Drummer Girl. “Some men, wrote Joseph Conrad in Lord Jim, can never be heroes, and some heroes can never be men. In the case of Salah, I suspect after reading between the lines of this book, it was necessary for him first to come to terms with the hero that others had seen in him, then with the man who lay behind the portrait.”
Social, Savage, Sensual: The Sculpture of Ralph Brown edited by Gillian Whiteley – Foreword by JlC. As a collector of le Carré’s work, the foreword is an interesting look at le Carré as a collector himself. “Ralph’s Leda today presides majestically over my own bit of Cornish cliff and no work of art I possess has given me greater pleasure over the years.”