A Legacy of Spies

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What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré, read by Tom Hollander.

Chosen as a Book of the Year in The Times Literary Supplement, the Evening Standard, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, The Times

‘A brilliant novel of deception, love and trust to join his supreme cannon’ Evening Standard

‘Vintage le Carré. Immensely clever, breathtaking. Really, not since The Spy Who Came in from the Cold has le Carré exercised his gift as a storyteller so powerfully and to such thrilling effect’ John Banville, Guardian

Peter Guillam, former disciple of George Smiley in the British Secret Service, has long retired to Brittany when a letter arrives, summoning him to London. The reason? Cold War ghosts have come back to haunt him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of the Service are to be dissected by a generation with no memory of the Berlin Wall. Somebody must pay for innocent blood spilt in the name of the greater good . . .

Utterly engrossing and perfectly pitched. There is only one le Carré. Eloquent, subtle, sublimely paced’ Daily Mail

Splendid, fast-paced, riveting’ Andrew Marr, Sunday Times

‘Remarkable. Vintage John le Carré. It gives the reader, at long last, pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that have been missing for 54 years. Like wine, le Carré’s writing has got richer with age. Don’t wait for the paperbackThe Times

‘Perhaps the most significant novelist of the second half of the 20th century in Britain. He’s in the first rank’ Ian McEwan

‘One of those writers who will be read a century from now’ Robert Harris

Critics Review

  • He can communicate emotion, from sweating fear to despairing love, with terse and compassionate conviction. Above all, he can tell a tale. Formidable equipment for a rare and disturbing writer

    Sunday Times
  • I have re-read The Spy Who Came In From The Cold over and over again since I first encountered it in my teens, just to remind myself how extraordinary a work of fiction can be

    Malcolm Gladwell
  • He’s one of those writers who will be read a century from now

    Robert Harris
  • The best spy story I have ever read

    Graham Greene on The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • Perhaps the most significant novelist of the second half of the 20th century in Britain. He will have charted our decline and recorded the nature of our bureaucracies like no one else has. He’s in the first rank

    Ian McEwan
  • A literary master for a generation

    Observer

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