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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

Breathtaking . . . Not since The Spy Who Came in From The Coldhas le Carré exercised his gift as a storyteller so powerfully and to such thrilling effect

John Banville, Guardian

Gripping, fast-paced . . . A splendid novel

Andrew Marr, Sunday Times

Part of the pleasure of this novel is that the characters seem so much cleverer than we are. It's haunting, fascinating . . . It also made me want to reread the entire Smiley sequence

Spectator

Le Carré surpasses himself. A masterclass in the genre . . . poignant and brilliant

Observer

'The old magic still holds . . . I might as well say it: to read this simmering novel is to come in from the cold

New York Times

A brilliant novel of deception, love and trust to join his supreme espionage canon

Simon Sebag Montefiore, Evening Standard, Books of the Year

This novel offers more than one pleasure. It is not merely good in itself - vintage John le Carré. It gives the reader, at long last, pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that have been missing for 54 years. A Legacy of Spies does a remarkable thing. Le Carré takes a le Carré classic and thickens it into something different from what it was

The Times

A compelling tale of Cold War duplicity and manoeuvrings in the British secret service. A complex and beautifully elaborate narrative. As ever much of the pleasure of reading le Carré is that you have to be on your intellectual mettle

William Boyd, New Statesman

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  • Paperback

    9780241981610

    May 14, 2018

    Penguin General UK

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  • Hardback

    9780241308547

    September 15, 2017

    Viking

    320 pages

    RRP $49.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780241308554

    August 28, 2017

    Viking

    320 pages

    RRP $32.99

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    9780241981481

    September 21, 2017

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Extract

What follows is a truthful account, as best I am able to provide it, of my role in the British deception operation, codenamed Windfall, that was mounted against the East German Intelligence Service (Stasi) in the late nineteen fifties and early sixties, and resulted in the death of the best British secret agent I ever worked with, and of the innocent woman for whom he gave his life.

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