John le Carré

Books by John le Carré

John le Carré (1931-2020) was David Cornwell in real life. A former spy, he became one of the world’s best-known writers of spy fiction. He is a frequently recommended author on Five Books, with his books turning up again and again in interviews on not only espionage thrillers, but also spy books more generally. His most recommended books are The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, the 1963 novel that catapulted him to international fame, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Le Carré’s most recent books were: Agent Running in the Field (2019) and Silverview, which was published posthumously in 2021. These are not his masterpieces, but enjoyable to read if you’re already a le Carré fan.

Interviews where books by John le Carré were recommended

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