Born on 19 October, 1931 in Poole, Dorset and hugely admired for his espionage novels including The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley’s People, John Le Carre is widely regarded as one of Britain’s most talented authors.
An international bestseller, he worked for MI6 before going into writing full time and also lists The Constant Gardener and A Most Wanted Man among his works.
A classic Cold War spy story written by John le Carre in the 1960s, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a chilling tale of deceit and deception. The tale of Alec Leamas, a fictional British spy, this taut novel is full of shades of grey and mystery. Building up to a spectacular clash of capitalism and communism, this tense story sees the author explore the dirty world of espionage, its appalling morality and its betrayal of essentially decent people in pursuit of dubious goals. Short, precise and thrilling, this is a must read for those interested in the Cold War or old school espionage in general. It saw the spy story reborn as a gritty and terrible tale of men who are caught up in politics beyond their imagining.