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For the first time in over 30 years, John le Carré returns to the Cold War in this thrilling masterpiece

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, has retired to his family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London are to be scrutinised by a generation with no memory of the Cold War. Somebody must be made to pay for innocent blood once spilt in the name of the greater good.

Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own story, John le Carré has given us a novel of superb and enduring quality.

Reviews

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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  • Trade Paperback

    9780241308554

    August 28, 2017

    Viking (UK Adult)

    320 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Hardback

    9780241308547

    September 15, 2017

    Viking (UK Adult)

    320 pages

    RRP $49.99

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  • Audio Book

    9780241981481

    September 7, 2017

    Viking (UK Adult)

    RRP $49.99

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Our Game
A Delicate Truth
A Small Town In Germany
The Looking Glass War
Call For The Dead
A Murder Of Quality
The Russia House
The Secret Pilgrim
Our Kind Of Traitor
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold: The Smiley Collection

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