The Pigeon Tunnel

John Le Carre

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Penguin Books Ltd
4 May 2017
ISBN: 9780241976890
Paperback

From the publisher

THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING MEMOIR OF SPY-WRITING LEGEND JOHN LE CARRE

'As recognizable a writer as Dickens or Austen' Financial Times


From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War to a career as a writer, John le Carre has lived a unique life.

In this, his first memoir, le Carre is as funny as he is incisive - reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. Whether he's interviewing a German terrorist in her desert prison or watching Alec Guinness preparing for his role as George Smiley, this book invites us to think anew about events and people we believed we understood.

Best of all, le Carre gives us a glimpse of a writer's journey over more than six decades, and his own hunt for the human spark that has given so much life and heart to his fictional characters.

'No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times' Guardian

'When I was under house arrest I was helped by the books of John le Carre . . . These were the journeys that made me feel that I was not really cut off from the rest of humankind' Aung San Suu Kyi