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Julian Lawndsley has renounced his high-flying job in the City for a simpler life running a bookshop in a small English seaside town. But only a couple of months into his new career, Julian’s evening is disrupted by a visitor. Edward, a Polish émigré living in Silverview, the big house on the edge of town, seems to know a lot about Julian’s family and is rather too interested in the inner workings of his modest new enterprise.

When a letter turns up at the door of a spy chief in London warning him of a dangerous leak, the investigations lead him to this quiet town by the sea . . .

Silverview is the mesmerising story of an encounter between innocence and experience and between public duty and private morals. In this last complete masterwork from the greatest chronicler of our age, John le Carré asks what you owe to your country when you no longer recognise it.

© The Literary Estate of David 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Critics Review

  • Le Carré at his finest, revealing character and backstory through dialogue with an economy and grace beyond most writers . . . le Carré’s greatness has its roots in his mastery of spy fiction; a genre he augmented with novels notable for their craftsmanship and humanity, and writing for its stealth and sophistication. With the publication of Silverview, it’s clear these virtues remained intact to the end.

  • Thematically, this is classic le Carré: an exploration of how people do the wrong thing for the right motive. The prose is as unshowily superb as ever

    Sunday Telegraph
  • His publisher is promoting it as a great literary eventthe final book by one of postwar Britain’s finest writers. That seems fair enough to me . . . [Silverview has] enough reminders of the old magic to please his most ardent aficionados

    Sunday Times
  • A fitting coda to the work of our greatest spy novelist

    Mail on Sunday
  • Textbook le Carré and a pleasing coda to a brilliant career: a short, sharp study of the human cost of espionage

    Daily Telegraph
  • The first page hooks you in . . . John le Carré has lost none of his power to draw the reader straight into his world

    The Times

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