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  • Published: 17 August 2017
  • ISBN: 9781785296635
  • Imprint: BBC DL
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 2 hr 50 min
  • Narrator: Michael Maloney, Bill Paterson, Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • RRP: $12.99

A Perfect Spy




Julian Rhind-Tutt is Magnus Pym in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast adaptation of John le Carré’s superb spy novel

Julian Rhind-Tutt is Magnus Pym in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast adaptation of John le Carré’s superb spy novel

Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile

Love is whatever you can still betray. Betrayal can only happen if you love.’

So says Magnus Pym, the spy of the title; and he has betrayed a lot in his life – countries, friends, family and lovers. When Magnus disappears after his father’s funeral, MI6 launches an urgent manhunt to prevent his defection. But Pym is on a search of his own – to unravel the mystery of what made him the perfect spy.

Was it the duplicity of his con artist father, Rick? Or his MI6 mentor and father figure Jack Brotherhood? Or was it Axel, the Czech agent he has known since his teens? All have marked him in crucial ways, and as the net closes around Magnus, he attempts finally to make sense of his life and find the source of his talent for deception...

A Perfect Spy is le Carré’s most autobiographical novel, and has been hailed as his masterpiece. This superlative radio production, starring Julian Rhind-Tutt, Bill Paterson, Michael Maloney and Anton Lesser, is a compelling exploration of identity, treachery and the complexities of the human heart.

  • Published: 17 August 2017
  • ISBN: 9781785296635
  • Imprint: BBC DL
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 2 hr 50 min
  • Narrator: Michael Maloney, Bill Paterson, Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • RRP: $12.99

About the author

John le Carré

John le Carre was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. For more than fifty years he has lived by his pen. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.

John le Carré was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. For more than fifty years he has lived by his pen. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.

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Praise for A Perfect Spy

Taut, intricate, and urbane--this BBC/Scotland radio adaptation captures the sound and feel of the British-grey atmosphere and cold war imagery of John le Carré's 1986 masterwork. […]

Audio File Magazine

[…] It's not often that a spy novel can be described as heartbreaking, but that's just how close to the bone and well told this spy story is.[…]

Audio File Magazine

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