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March 22, 2024 | History

John le Carré

David John Moore Cornwell (19 October 1931 – 12 December 2020), better known by his pen name John le Carré was a British Irish author, best known for his espionage novels, many of which were successfully adapted for film or television. A "sophisticated, morally ambiguous writer",he is considered one of the greatest novelists of the postwar era. During the 1950s and 1960s, he worked for both the Security Service (MI5) and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). Near the end of his life, due to his strong disapproval of Brexit, he took out Irish citizenship, which was possible due to his having an Irish grandparent.

Le Carré's third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), became an international best-seller, was adapted as an award-winning film, and remains one of his best-known works. This success allowed him to leave MI6 to become a full-time author.[4] His novels which have been adapted for film or television include The Looking Glass War (1965), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1974, 2011), Smiley's People (1979), The Little Drummer Girl (1983), The Night Manager (1993), The Tailor of Panama (1996), The Constant Gardener (2001), A Most Wanted Man (2008) and Our Kind of Traitor (2010). Philip Roth said that A Perfect Spy (1986) was "the best English novel since the war".

British novelist and spy (1931-2020)

Born 19 October 1931
Died 12 December 2020

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  • Cover of: The spy who came in from the cold: Call for the dead ; A murder of quality ; The looking-glass war ; A small town in Germany

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  • Cover of: The looking-glass war
    First published in 1965 40 editions in 2 languages — 8 previewable Cover of edition lookingglasswar000leca Cover of edition lookingglasswar0000leca_v5p2 Cover of edition lookingglasswar0000leca_k3c4 Cover of edition lookingglasswar0000leca Cover of edition lookingglasswar0000leca_z2p3 Cover of edition lookingglasswar00john Cover of edition lookingglasswar00carr

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  • Cover of: Night Manager
    First published in 1993 39 editions in 3 languages — 12 previewable Cover of edition nightmanager0000leca_z0q5 Cover of edition nightmanager0000leca Cover of edition nightmanageruk00john Cover of edition nightmanager0000leca_q7j0 Cover of edition nightmanagernove0000leca_u4i7 Cover of edition nightmanager00john_0 Cover of edition nightmanagernove00leca Cover of edition nightmanagernove0000leca Cover of edition nightmanager00john

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  • Cover of: Absolute Friends
    First published in 2003 37 editions in 6 languages — 17 previewable Cover of edition uneamitieabsolue0000leca Cover of edition uneamitieabsolue0000leca_h5m4 Cover of edition amiciassoluti0000leca Cover of edition isbn_9782020799089 Cover of edition absolutefriends0000leca_h1a2 Cover of edition absolutefriends0000john Cover of edition isbn_0316159395 Cover of edition absolutefriends0000unse Cover of edition absolutefriends0000leca

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  • Cover of: Honourable Schoolboy
    First published in 1977 34 editions in 4 languages — 9 previewable Cover of edition honourableschool00john Cover of edition honourableschool0000leca_r7t6 Cover of edition honourableschool0000leca_z3q0 Cover of edition honourableschoo000leca Cover of edition honourableschool00leca Cover of edition honourableschool0000leca_r6p5 Cover of edition honourableschool0000leca_a6f3 Cover of edition honourableschool00lecarich

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  • Cover of: The constant gardener: a novel

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  • Cover of: The Russia house
    First published in 1987 29 editions in 5 languages — 12 previewable Cover of edition russiahouse00leca_2 Cover of edition russiahouse00leca Cover of edition russiahousenovel00leca Cover of edition russiahouse0000leca_f0x2 Cover of edition russiahouse00john Cover of edition russiahousenovel00leca Cover of edition russiahouse0000leca_j2k0 Cover of edition mosikeqingren0000leca Cover of edition russiahouselec00leca

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  • Cover of: Call for the Dead
    First published in 1961 29 editions in 2 languages — 5 previewable Cover of edition callfordead0000leca_e2j7 Cover of edition callfordead0000leca Cover of edition callfordead00leca Cover of edition callfordead0000leca_u2h5

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  • Cover of: A murder of quality
    First published in 1962 28 editions in 3 languages — 3 previewable Cover of edition murderofquality0000leca_r3f1 Cover of edition murderofquality00leca

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  • Cover of: Single & single: a novel
    First published in 1999 28 editions in 5 languages — 8 previewable Cover of edition singlesingle0000leca_p5f0 Cover of edition singlesingle0000unse Cover of edition singlesingle00john_0 Cover of edition singlesinglenov000leca Cover of edition singlesingle0000leca_n8y9 Cover of edition singlesinglenovelec00leca Cover of edition singlesinglelarg00leca

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  • Cover of: Our Game
    First published in 1995 26 editions in 1 language — 7 previewable Cover of edition ourgameleca00leca Cover of edition ourgame0000leca Cover of edition ourgame0000leca_e3x1 Cover of edition ourgamenovel00leca Cover of edition ourgamenovel000leca Cover of edition ourgame0000leca_e4q9

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  • Cover of: The Little Drummer Girl
    First published in 1983 26 editions in 6 languages — 6 previewable Cover of edition littledrummergir0000leca_w2e8 Cover of edition littledrummergir0000leca_d2b0 Cover of edition littledrummergir00john Cover of edition littledrummergir00leca_2 Cover of edition littledrummergir00leca

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  • Cover of: A small town in Germany.
    First published in 1968 26 editions in 3 languages — 5 previewable Cover of edition smalltowningerma0000leca_d4w6 Cover of edition smalltowningerma00leca Cover of edition smalltowningerma0000leca Cover of edition smalltowningermalec00leca

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  • Cover of: Smiley's people
    First published in 1979 24 editions in 2 languages — 7 previewable Cover of edition smileyspeople00john Cover of edition smileyspeople0000leca_h2q5 Cover of edition smileyspeople00leca Cover of edition smileyspeople0000leca_x5x0 Cover of edition smileyspeople0000leca_h4m8 Cover of edition smileyspeople0000leca_r4v4

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  • Cover of: A perfect spy
    First published in 1986 23 editions in 1 language — 8 previewable Cover of edition perfectsp00leca Cover of edition perfectspylecalec00leca Cover of edition perfectspy100leca Cover of edition perfectspyleca00leca Cover of edition perfectspylec00leca Cover of edition perfectspylargep00leca Cover of edition aperfectspy00leca

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  • Cover of: Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy

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  • Cover of: The Naive and Sentimental Lover

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  • Cover of: The tailor of Panama
    First published in 1996 18 editions in 5 languages — 5 previewable Cover of edition tailorofpanama00leca Cover of edition tailorofpana00leca Cover of edition tailorofpanamaan00leca Cover of edition elsastredepanama0000leca

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  • Cover of: The Secret pilgrim
    First published in 1990 16 editions in 3 languages — 3 previewable Cover of edition secretpilgrim100leca Cover of edition secretpilgrim0000leca_y8k7

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  • Cover of: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

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British novelist and spy (1931-2020)

Born 19 October 1931
Died 12 December 2020

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