A giant of literary fiction, for six decades John le Carré dominated the best-seller lists with a genre of his own creation, combining penetrating psychological insight with complex plotting and a mastery of language.

Mining his own experience as an officer in both MI5 and MI6, Le Carré, whose real name was David Cornwell, forged an entire fictional universe from the murky, morally compromised world of espionage in the Cold War era. As that war waned, he turned his pen to exploring and exposing what he saw as a post-imperial world riddled with injustice and political corruption.

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