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The Pigeon Tunnel is LIRE's best memoir of 2016

Dec 1, 2016

The Pigeon Tunnel has been chosen by the French monthly magazine LIRE as one of their 20 Best Books of the Year, featured in the memoir category. The announcement was made last evening, December 1st, at the traditional LIRE evening reception at the Grand Palais. 

John le Carré’s long-awaited memoir, The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life, is his first work of non-fiction and opens up his extraordinary writing life for the first time. In this memoir, John le Carré describes the men and women who inspired some of his best-known novels and explores the events which shaped his literary engagement with the last half-century.

For more than fifty years, John le Carré has written novels that have come to define our age, from The Spy Who Came in from the Cold to The Constant Gardener, from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy to A Most Wanted Man. His books have been admired by writers such as Philip Roth and Graham Greene, Ian McEwan and Robert Harris, and by figures from world politics such as Barack Obama and Aung San Suu Kyi. He is one of only a handful of writers whose novels have been successfully adapted for the big and small screen and whose characters have been mastered by the greatest actors of their time: in the 1960s by Richard Burton; in the 1970s by Alec Guinness; in 2005 by Ralph Fiennes; in 2014 by Philip Seymour Hoffman.

‘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 reality. Then back to the imagining, and to the desk where I’m sitting now.’ (From The Pigeon Tunnel, John le Carré)