I’ve written a fair amount about John le Carré over the years. See below for a quick index of the various posts.
I recently wrote a piece for Cathay Pacific’s in-flight magazine, Discovery, on various le Carré film adaptions.
I took a look at some alternative titles that le Carré thought about for his novel.
- Taking One All the Way Through, or how I learned to love le Carré’s bad alternative titles to his novels
On my podcast I took a look at how le Carré and spying have been connected over the past 80 years.
Here’s my spoiler free review of his 2017 book, A Legacy of Spies.
Here’s my spoiler free review of his 2019 book, Agent Running in the Field.
Take a look at some questionable le Carré covers here.
Remember that time le Carré wrote in to The Times about Soho sex shops? If not, here’s a refresher.
A look at a revealing profile of le Carré that appeared in Time Magazine. It quite succinctly covers similar ground as Adam Sisman’s biography.
The various first lines of le Carré’s books.
Given A Legacy of Spies features the return of Smiley, why not take a look at some of the locations that have appeared in the previous books?
- In this post I look at other people who have visited Smiley sites.
- My own visit to the Circus, among other locations.
I had the opportunity to talk with Robert Lance Snyder on his new book looking at le Carré’s fiction since the end of the Cold War –
I had a Q & A with Toby Manning about his book John le Carré and the Cold War.
Le Carré is very discerning when it comes to books he blurbs, introduces or recommends. I collected a list of those for those who are interested in what is on le Carré’s bookshelf.
That being said, he became embroiled in a book blurb scandal in the 90’s. It’s a weird and fascinating story I wrote about here.
I looked at A Small Town in Germany and offered a hypothesis on it’s connection with the Circus.
Le Carré has narrated abridged versions of many of his works. I wrote about them here.
I took a multipart look at various editions, collectibles and artwork related to le Carré’s most famous novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.
- The Spy Who – Rarities – Part 1
- The Spy Who – The Art – Part 2
- The Spy Who – Rarities -Part 2.5
- The Spy Who – The Art – Part 3
- The Spy Who – The Art – Part 4
- The Spy Who – Rarities – Part 4.5
I continued my deep dive on The Spy Who Came in from the Cold with a “how to” on collecting US first editions, some art related to the book, and a look at the only le Carré adaption to appear in Mad Magazine
Before he turned to writing, le Carré attempted to make his way as an artist. I looked at one of his first paid art jobs.
I wrote about le Carré appearing at a luncheon of the greatest British spy writers.
I took a closer look at a literary journal that said it was using John le Carré as it’s theme.
For April Fool’s Day I took a (fake) look at the upcoming release of Agent Running in the Field.
Finally, my silly Smiley limerick.