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The Sunday Times no. 1 memoir now in paperback.

'Out of the secret world I once knew I have tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit. First comes the imagining, then the search for the reality.'

The Pigeon Tunnel,
John le Carré's memoir and his first work of non-fiction, is a thrilling journey into the worlds of his 'secret sharers' - the men and women who inspired some of his most enthralling novels. From terrifying meetings with Yasser Arafat in war-torn Beirut to brilliantly observed encounters with the great figures of 20th century film, from Stanley Kubrick to Alec Guinness. The reader is swept along not just by the chilling winds of the Cold War or by the author's frightening journeys into places of terrible violence but, most importantly, by the author's inimitable voice.

In this astonishing work we see our world, both public and private, through the eyes of one of the world's greatest writers.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780241976890

    May 1, 2017

    Viking (UK Adult)

    352 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780241976876

    September 19, 2016

    Viking

    320 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Hardback

    9780241257555

    September 5, 2016

    Viking

    368 pages

    RRP $45.00

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  • EBook

    9780241976869

    September 8, 2016

    Penguin eBooks (UK Adult)

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  • Audio Book

    9780241977545

    September 5, 2016

    Penguin General UK

    RRP $39.99

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A Legacy of Spies
A Legacy Of Spies
The Tailor Of Panama
The Night Manager: Design by Coralie Bickford-Smith
John Le Carre, Novels
The Night Manager Fti
Our Game
A Delicate Truth
The Night Manager
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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