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Agent Running in the Field

book | Fiction | Oct 2019
US → Penguin Random House
Canada → Penguin Random House
UK & Comm → Viking

Nat, a 47 year-old veteran of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie.

Nat is not only a spy, he is a passionate badminton player. His regular Monday evening opponent is half his age: the introspective and solitary Ed. Ed hates Brexit, hates Trump and hates his job at some soulless media agency. And it is Ed, of all unlikely people, who will take Prue, Florence and Nat himself down the path of political anger that will ensnare them all. Agent Running in the Field is a chilling portrait of our time, now heartbreaking, now darkly humorous, told to us with unflagging tension by the greatest chronicler of our age.



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Reviews

Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré review – thriller laced with Brexit fury

“Laced with fury at the senseless vandalism of Brexit and of Trump...his new novel contains several delicious set pieces of this kind, and each time one gets going there is the sense of a master enjoying himself hugely”.


Steven Poole
The Guardian
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Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré​ - review

"Agent Running in the Field is as ingeniously structured as any of le Carré’s fiction, skilfully misdirecting the reader for much of the time. True, the language, though charming and fluent, feels like a burnished antique, never that of man in his forties now, belonging rather to an earlier era." 


David Sexton
Evening Standard
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Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré: an impeccable piece of storytelling

"Agent Running in the Field is an impeccable piece of writing – age has not dimmed le Carré’s storytelling ability an iota" 


Barry Forshaw
inews
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AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD

"Subtle, wry and seamless, it’s an utter joy, from first page to last."



Geoffrey Wansell
Daily Mail
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Mysteries: Shuttlecocks and Oligarchs

"Superb writing, precise portraiture, clever tricks of tradecraft—all Mr. le Carré’s hallmarks are present in this swift, surprising, bittersweet story.”

Tom Nolan
The Wall Street Journal
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Prose is crisp, compelling in ‘Agent Running in the Field'.

'With a style honed over 25 novels and more than 50 years, the author's prose is crisp and compelling and the story is relevant to today's turbulent times.'

Jonathan Elderfield
AP News
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John le Carré Spies a Britain Adrift

"At 88, Mr. le Carré is as sharp and engaged in world affairs as ever."


Elizabeth Winkler
The Wall Street Journal
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Best Thrillers of 2019

'John le Carré has woven his old magic


Peter Kemp
The Sunday Times

‘Astute state-of-the-nation commentary’

The Guardian

'This is sophisticated entertainment'

Glyn Paflin
Church Times

‘classic, unmistakeable le Carré . . . it has the added
bonus of some wonderfully vitriolic rants’

 

Shots Magazine

Best Thrillers of 2019

'John le Carré has woven his old magic.'


Peter Kemp
The Sunday Times

Books of the Year

‘In 2019 two novels of espionage have refreshed my interest in the subject. John le Carré’s AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD made me see badminton in a new and sinister light’

Sean O'Brien
The Literary Times Supplement

Read all about it

‘The master espionage novelist takes on Brexit and Trump in this tense and chilling portrait of today’

 

Elisa Bray
The Evening Standard

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