VJ Books Presents Author John le Carre!
John le Carre (1931-2020) is the master of spy fiction from his breakout 1963 novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, which earned him a Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award, to his 2017 bestselling novel A Legacy of Spies.
Le Carre passed away December 12, 2020 at the age of 89, making Silverview, released October 2021, his final novel. Silverview is the mesmerizing story of an encounter between innocence and experience and between public duty and private morals. In his inimitable voice John le Carré, the greatest chronicler of our age seeks to answer the question of what we truly owe to the people we love.
Le Carre has published 26 books in over 50 countries and 40 languages. Many of his works, including The Looking Glass War (1965), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1974), Smiley’s People (1979), The Little Drummer Girl (1983), The Night Manager (1993), The Tailor of Panama (1996), The Constant Gardener (2001), A Most Wanted Man (2008), and Our Kind of Traitor (2010) have been adapted for film or TV.
Le Carre established himself as an important writer of espionage fiction. In 1984 he earned the title of Mystery Writers of America Edgar Grand Master and in 1988 was awarded the Crime Writers Association Diamond Dagger Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1990, he received the Helmerich Award which is presented annually by the Tulsa Library Trust. In 2008, The Times ranked Le Carre 22nd on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". In 2011, he won the Goethe Medal, a yearly prize given by the Goethe Institute. In 2012, he was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa by the University of Oxford.
Before becoming a full-time author, Le Carre taught at Eton for two years and worked for the British intelligence services MI5 and MI6 during the 1950s and 60’s. Born David John Moore Cornwell, when he began writing novels he chose the pen name John le Carre. He left MI6 to write full-time when The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, his third novel, proved a major success.
Le Carre was born in Poole, Dorset. He was educated at Sherborne School, at the University of Berne (where he studied German literature for a year) and at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he graduated with a first-class honors degree in modern languages.
You can find a signed copy of Silverview and a collection of other John Le Carre signed books below.
John le Carré Bibliography
Call for the Dead - 1961
- A Murder of Quality - 1962
- The Spy Who Came in from the Cold - 1963
- The Looking Glass War - 1965
- A Small Town in Germany - 1968
- The Naïve and Sentimental Lover - 1971
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - 1974
- The Honourable Schoolboy - 1977
- Smiley's People - 1979
- The Little Drummer Girl - 1983
- A Perfect Spy - 1986
- The Russia House - 1989
- The Secret Pilgrim - 1990
- The Night Manager - 1993
- Our Game - 1995
- The Tailor of Panama - 1996
- Single & Single - 1999
- The Constant Gardener - 2001
- Absolute Friends - 2003
- The Mission Song - 2006
- A Most Wanted Man - 2008
- Our Kind of Traitor - 2010
- A Delicate Truth - 2013
- A Legacy of Spies - September 2017
- Silverview - 2021
- The Good Soldier - 1991
- The United States Has Gone Mad - 2003
- Afterword - 2014 - an essay on Kim Philby, published in A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre
- Dare I Weep, Dare I Mourn? - 1967 - published in the Saturday Evening Post 28 January 1967.
- What Ritual is Being Observed Tonight? - 1968 - published in the Saturday Evening Post 2 November 1968.
- The Writer and The Horse - 1968 - published in The Savile Club Centenary Magazine and later The Argosy (& The Saturday Review under the title A Writer and A Gentleman.)
- The King Who Never Spoke - 2009 - published in Ox-Tales: Fire 2 July 2009.
- The Incongruous Spy - 1964 (containing Call for the Dead and A Murder of Quality)
- The Quest for Karla - 1982 (containing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People)
John le Carré Awards
1963 British Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
- 1964 Somerset Maugham Award for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
- 1965 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
- 1977 British Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger for The Honourable Schoolboy
- 1977 James Tait Black Memorial Prize Fiction Award for The Honourable Schoolboy
- 1983 Japan Adventure Fiction Association Prize for The Little Drummer Girl
- 1984 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Grand Master
- 1988 British Crime Writers Association Diamond Dagger Lifetime Achievement Award
- 1988 The Malaparte Prize, Italy
- 1990 The Helmerich Award of the Tulsa Library Trust
- 1991 Nikos Kasanzakis prize
- 2005 British Crime Writers Association Dagger of Daggers for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
- 2005 Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, France
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