A Private Spy: The Letters of John le Carre 1945-2020 (Paperback)John le Carré (author)
Spanning 75 years of the celebrated espionage novelist's eventful life - and covering topics as wide-ranging as his relationship with his fraudulent father and his observations on leading political figures - this enthralling collection of John le Carré's letters reveals a playful, intelligent and unfailingly eloquent individual.
A collection of letters from John le Carre, one of the greatest British novelists of our time, and a fabulous letter writer, spanning decades from his childhood, to the Cold War to his final years
John le Carre was one of the greatest novelists of his generation. He also had an extraordinary life. A Private Spy is the story of that life told through the voice of this masterful writer.
We hear le Carre as a teenager and then as a young man trying to make his way in the world. There are beautiful and moving letters to le Carre's stepmother about his relationship with his fraudster father. There are letters about his first marriage and letters to his children. There are wonderfully vivid letters to great actors and great writers. There are brilliantly sharp and very funny portraits of politicians and public figures. And throughout the collection there is the clear, inimitable voice of this magnificent writer.
By turns intimate and comic, tender and clear-sighted A Private Spy offers a rare and illuminating portrait of one of the great figures of our times.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 752
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 46 mm
'Each letter from John le Carre was a beautifully written miniature essay... fascinating' - Ben Macintyre
'A Private Spy testifies to le Carre's universally acknowledged gifts as a raconteur, mimic and caricaturist' - Robert Potts
'Unsurprisingly, he was a brilliant correspondent. Revelations tumble out... these engaging letters are edited with great fairness and sensitivity by a family member, his son Tim Cornwell' - Andrew Lycett, Mail on Sunday
'The symbiosis of author and editor, father and son, has resulted in a brilliant book, le Carre's final masterpiece, 5*' - Jake Kerridge, Sunday Telegraph
'The finest, wisest storyteller' - Richard Osman
'A towering writer' - Margaret Atwood
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