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  • Published: 14 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241521809
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $32.99

Call for the Dead




A beautiful 60th anniversary special edition of the novel that introduced the world to George Smiley, now with a new introduction by John le Carré

After a routine security check by George Smiley, civil servant Samuel Fennan apparently kills himself. When Smiley finds Circus head Maston is trying to blame him for the man's death, he begins his own investigation, meeting with Fennan's widow to find out what could have led him to such desperation. But on the very day that Smiley is ordered off the enquiry he receives an urgent letter from the dead man. Do the East Germans - and their agents - know more about this man's death than the Circus previously imagined?

Le Carré's debut novel, Call for the Dead, introduced the tenacious and retiring George Smiley in a gripping tale of espionage and deceit.

  • Published: 14 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241521809
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $32.99

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 Call for the Dead

Intelligent, thrilling, surprising ... makes most cloak-and-dagger stuff taste of cardboard.

Sunday Telegraph

Brilliant. Realistic. Constant suspense.

Observer

An extraordinary writer who brought literary lustre and lived insight to the spy yarn.

Ian Rankin

One of those writers who will be read a century from now.

Robert Harris

His Smiley novels are key to understanding the mid-20th century.

Margaret Atwood

Brilliant, popular, intelligent, thrilling, suspenseful, angry, original, masterful writing. Can't be topped.

Armando Iannucci

What Joseph Conrad started, John le Carré enshrined and made modern. That is the real achievement of his great novels and why they will endure ... we should see him as our contemporary Dickens.

William Boyd, New Statesman

The greatest spy novelist of all time ... astounding works of the imagination.

Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph

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