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A Legacy of Spies

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Aug 2017
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Reviews


The result is both a riveting reprise of the Smiley novels and a new articulation of le Carre’s theme: spying is as morally bankrupt as the ideologies it serves... He can covey a character in a sentence, land an emotional insight in the smallest phrase—and demolish an ideology in a paragraph.

Publishers Weekly


To read this simmering novel is to come in from the cold.


The New York Times


Fans of le Carré’s earlier fiction — or their various film incarnations — will feast at the historical banquet that is 'A Legacy of Spies.'

LA Times

John le Carré's A Legacy of Spies stands with the spymaster's best

A Legacy of Spies functions best as a reward for loyal readers: This is for those of us who have sat with Smiley for hours as he pored over intel in an office where the blasted radiator is broken and loved every damn second of it.


Entertainment Weekly


The ingenuity and skill with which the thing is brought off is breathtaking – really, not since The Spy has le Carré exercised his gift as a storyteller so powerfully and to such thrilling effect. 


John Banville
The Guardian


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. . . Like wine, le Carré’s writing has got richer with age.

The Times


A Legacy of Spies achieves many things. Outstandingly, it is a defiant assertion of creative vigour . . .Cornwell is signing off with a poignant and brilliant au revoir to le Carré, his alter ego, a writer who is with the immortals. 

The Observer


A Legacy of Spies deploys a complex and ingeniously layered structure to make the past alive in the present once more . . . le Carré has not lost his touch

Evening Standard


It is a splendid novel…It is riveting, bitter and will be controversial . . . le Carré’s handling of dialogue remains perfectly fresh

Andrew Marr
The Sunday Times


A compelling tale of Cold War duplicity and manoeuvrings in the British secret service . . . as ever much of the pleasure of reading le Carre is that you have to be on your intellectual mettle

William Boyd
New Statesman


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

Spectator


No one is better at conveying the wrinkles of British class distinction in speech and manners

Economist


le Carré is on absolutely cracking form. No writer has ever been better at turning the act of two people talking politely to each other across a desk into a blood sport.

Daily Telegraph


[Le Carré] has always known how to make his readers hang on barbed-wire tenterhooks. He drip-feeds information with such suspense-building miserliness that our befogged state matches that of the field agents — the “joes” — who glimpse one piece of the secret jigsaw at a time.

Financial Times


This is a truly wonderful, morally complex, politically astute novel written with elegance and panache . . . the visceral thrill of its twists and its complexities, its edge-of-the-seat qualities.

Scotland on Sunday


[Le Carré’s] writing has lost none of its pith or potency . . . his powers of invention have kept up with the pace of an ever-changing and complex world.

The Scotsman


Deeply moving in its portrait of a man adrift in a climate he no longer understands.

The Metro


This really is vintage le Carré

Mail on Sunday


We are back in the more interesting territory of moral uncertainty and failure. What, Smiley asks, was he fighting for?

Times Literary Supplement


Eloquent, subtle and sublimely paced . . . Utterly engrossing and perfectly pitched, it is a triumph

Daily Mail


Thrilling and fascinating - a satisfying close to the saga

The Independent


Sublime thriller

Sunday Mirror


His writing is as crisp as ever . . . another tale of intrigue which will slip effortlessly into its place in the Smiley canon.

Express


George Smiley is our favourite fictional spy.

Sunday Express


A tense, intricately plotted espionage thriller . . . sheer genius from le Carré.

Saga Magazine


It’s brilliantly done and very enjoyable.

Prospect


As] labyrinthine as you’d expect . . . le Carré has always been a master.

The Tablet


Razor-sharp insight from the battle-weary Guillam and fascinating glimpses into the murky spycraft at the height of the Cold War only add to the joy of this sublimely accomplished thriller.

The People


Ingenious

Washington Post


[A] late-career triumph

1843 Magazine


What are we to make of Smiley? What is his game? Do we like him? Admire him? Every le Carré reader has wrestled with these questions—and A Legacy of Spies brings them to the fore more directly than any previous book.

Vanity Fair

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