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Silverview

book | Fiction | 2021

"There are people we must never betray, whatever the cost. I do not belong in that category."

Julian Lawndsley has renounced his high-flying job in the City for a simpler life running a bookshop in a small English seaside town. But only a couple of months into his new career, Julian’s evening is disrupted by a visitor. Edward, a Polish émigré living in Silverview, the big house on the edge of town, seems to know a lot about Julian’s family and is rather too interested in the inner workings of his modest new enterprise.

When a letter turns up at the door of a spy chief in London warning him of a dangerous leak, the investigations lead him to this quiet town by the sea . . .

Silverview is the mesmerising story of an encounter between innocence and experience and between public duty and private morals. In this last complete masterwork from the greatest chronicler of our age, John le Carré asks what you owe to your country when you no longer recognise it.

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Reviews

This is a terrific bonus from beyond the grave...

The Daily Mirror

As ever, le Carré circles his characters masterfully, letting the parallel stories spiral down towards each other.

Barry Didcock
The Herald

A fine finale

There are few writers to match him, but fewer who are still alive.

Andrew Rosenheim
The Spectator

[A] piercing portrait of moral ambivalence.

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Le Carré's farewell

[T]here is much here to respect.

Nikhal Krishnan
The Oldie

My father le Carré — and his hidden novel

[...] John Le Carré has lost none of his power to draw the reader straight into his world.

Damian Whitworth
The Times

Against the tide

[I]t is a worth coda, a commanding farewell from a much-missed master.

The Economist

Le Carré's final published novel is a graceful cudgelling of the intelligence services...

Paul Connolly
Metro

Last words of a legend

It is, I suppose, a sunset novel, but what a glow it leaves in the evening sky.

Allan Massie
The Scotsman

One last time amid secrets and spies

[O]ne last time we're in le Carré's familiar world: its themes, its principals, its impeccable style.

Mick Herron
The Guardian

Like light from a dead star

Le Carré's compassion for his characters shines through, along with the gleam of humour.

Jane Casey
Irish Times

Which books will soar on 'Super Thursday'?

[...] a pleasing coda to a brilliant career: a short, sharp study of the human cost of espionage.

Jake Kerridge
The Daily Telegraph

The Best Books to Read This Fall

[...] a familiar tune played in a minor key, a slight but elegant story of western collapse...

Vogue

Silverview is a propulsive and elegantly written tale...

Steven Ritterman
AARP

John le Carré left behind a novel, ‘Silverview.’ Does it live up to the spy master’s reputation?

Thankfully, what le Carré has left us, is a thoroughly enjoyable book, more accessible and less complex than his greatest works.

Manuel Roig Franzia
The Washington Post

Le Carré bows out in triumph

This is a lyrical, poignant portrait of betrayal in a family [...] It is to be savoured gently rather than devoured.

Geoffrey Wansell
Daily Mail

First-rate prose and a fascinating plot distinguish the final novel from MWA Grand Master le Carré. 

Publishers Weekly

A diverting final offering from the master of spy fiction

In this posthumous farewell, Le Carré is still showing us how literary fiction and the spy narrative can coexist in the same book.

Barry Forshaw
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So much for a quiet life by the sea...

Silverview [...] offers plenty to enjoy and admire.

Anthony Cummins
The Observer

John le Carré’s Last Completed Spy Novel Crowns a Career Attuned to Moral Ambivalence

[Silverview's] sense of moral ambivalence remains exquisitely calibrated.

Joseph Finder
The New York Times

The master spy novelist bows out on an upbeat note

Thematically, this is classic le Carré [...] The prose is as unshowily superb as ever, spiked with deliciously sharp barbs...

Jake Kerridge
The Sunday Telegraph

[...] a serpentine investigation into how a career spy can balance their morality with the demands of the job. A fitting coda to the work of our greatest spy novelist.

John Williams
The Mail on Sunday

His Final Twist

Le Carré is arguably the greatest English novelist of his generation.

Fintan O'Toole
The Guardian

Le Carré takes his last bow


In almost every respect Silverview fulfils the late-period le Carré stereotype. It's deftly written, but so slight you can easily read it in one sitting. [...] le Carré's fans will probably like seeing the old formula given one last runout.

Dominic Sandbrook
The Sunday Times

Le Carré’s People, One Last Time

[...] the plot unfolds with as much cryptic cunning as a reader could want [,,,] it is enjoyable throughout, written with grace, and a welcome gift from the past.

Katherine A. Powers
The Wall Street Journal

[T]his is a suitable end to a storied career, a low-key thriller with a brain and a conscience.

Kevin Canfield
Star Tribune

John le Carré’s Genius for Surveillance

[...] a well-aimed parting shot.

Jake Bittle
The New Republic

M.I.6 and All That

The stitches don’t show, and the novel possesses several elements of classic le Carré.

Christian Lorentzen
Air Mail

The late spymaster’s world is still cold.

Still, [...] le Carré the stylist is a wonder.

David O. Stewart
Washington Independent Review of Books

The spies who double crossed me

One of [le Carré’s] most touching and satisfying [novels] – for putting into high relief this beloved author’s vision for his country and his disappointments, and perhaps most of all, the elegance and coloristic palette of his unique and incomparable prose.

Robert Croan
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

John Le Carré at the top of his game – smart, candid, stylish, relevant.

Valdosta Daily Times

In the good books: top titles on the Super Thursday reading list

[...] filled with intrigue, surprises and timely meditations on the relationship between individuals and nations...

Max Liu
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