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John Le Carre: The Biography
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Bloomsbury Pub Ltd
Publication date February 11, 2016
Pages 672
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781408849460
ISBN-10 1408849461
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $15.50
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: John le Carré is still at the top more than half a century after The Spy Who Came in from the Cold became a worldwide bestseller. Written with exclusive access to le Carré, his personal archives, and many of the people closest to him, Adam Sisman's definitive biography is a highly readable, fascinating portrait of the life, times and espionage career that inspired a literary master.
     Always secretive about his background and Secret Service career (blocking one biography from publication in the 1990s, then choosing a biographer who abandoned the project), John le Carré (David Cornwell) has finally given his blessing to Adam Sisman, who has delivered a biography that reads like a novel. From his bleak childhood--the departure of his mother when he was five was followed by "sixteen hugless years" in the dubious care of his father, a serial-seducer and con-man--through recruitment by both MI5 and MI6, his years as an agent for British Intelligence during the Cold War, to his emergence as the master of the espionage novel, le Carré has repeatedly quarried his life for his fiction. His acute psychological renderings of undercover operations and the moral ambiguities of the Cold War and our present-day politics lend his novels a level of credibility that is unmistakable. Sisman's great biography uncovers for us the remarkable story of an enigmatic writer whose commercial success has sometimes overshadowed appreciation for his extraordinary abilities.

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Hardcover
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from Harpercollins (November 3, 2015)
9780062106278 | details & prices | 652 pages | 6.50 × 9.25 × 2.00 in. | 1.95 lbs | List price $28.99
About: The definitive biography of the internationally adored author of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and A Perfect Spy—arguably one of the most important and influential writers of the post-World War II period—by the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning biographer Adam Sisman.
Paperback
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from Harpercollins (November 1, 2016)
9780062106285 | details & prices | 704 pages | List price $18.99
About: The definitive biography of the internationally adored author of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and A Perfect Spy—arguably one of the most important and influential writers of the post-World War II period—by the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning biographer Adam Sisman.
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from Bloomsbury Pub Ltd (February 11, 2016)
9781408849460 | details & prices | 672 pages | List price $15.50
About: John le Carré is still at the top more than half a century after The Spy Who Came in from the Cold became a worldwide bestseller.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781511335768
 
With Michael Page (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Brilliance Audio (November 3, 2015)
9781511335768 | details & prices | 5.25 × 6.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $19.99
About: The definitive biography of the internationally adored author of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and A Perfect Spy—arguably one of the most important and influential writers of the post-World War II period—by the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning biographer Adam Sisman.

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