Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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The enduring novel by one of our greatest storytellers.

George Smiley, who is a troubled man of infinite compassion, is also a single-mindedly ruthless adversary as a spy.

The scene which he enters is a Cold War landscape of moles and lamplighters, scalp-hunters and pavement artists, where men are turned, burned or bought for stock. Smiley's mission is to catch a Moscow Centre mole burrowed thirty years deep into the Circus itself.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 150 x 201 x 28mm | 284g
  • Sceptre
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed
  • 9780340993767
  • 6,457

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'A great thriller, the best le Carr? has written' Spectator
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'A great thriller, the best le Carre has written' * Spectator * 'A stunning story' * Wall Street Journal * 'John le Carre is the great master of the spy story . . . the constant flow of emotion lifts him above most novelists now practising.' * Financial Times *
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About John Le Carre

John le Carre was born in 1931. His third novel, THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, secured him a wide reputation which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, THE HONOURABLE SCHOOLBOY and SMILEY'S PEOPLE. His other novels include THE CONSTANT GARDENER, A MOST WANTED MAN and OUR KIND OF TRAITOR.
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4.05 out of 5 stars
- 88,388 ratings
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2 5% (4,498)
1 2% (2,068)

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I loved this book from the moment I read the first few words - I will not spoil the story by relating the plot to you but simply to say that John Le Carre is a master with words and this is a classic novel of spy wisdom and daring. I do not want to give any of the plot away - how you are told about the story is important - as key pieces of information are revealed. By the end of the story, it becomes very fast-paced, and the espionage becomes clear. Having read other John Le Carre books I though I knew what to expect but again I was suprised and loved it when the information started fitting together - like puzzle pieces. I would recommend this book if you are looking to escape into another world - however temporary it might be, it quickly becomes an unputtodownable book.show more
by Ruth Clements
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