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 and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
His most recent book, Agent Running in the Field, was published in 2019, and the audiobook was narrated by John Le Carré himself, then in his 80s.
Interviews where books by John le Carré were recommended
The British public-school system, with its hidden homosexuality and feelings of loneliness, encouraged subterfuge and led to a generation of great spy writers and spies, suggests author and journalist Ben Macintyre. He picks the best books on spies.