John le Carré

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.

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.

I also appeared on the Spybrary podcast to talk about Legacy and most recently Agent.

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.

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.