John le Carré

  • by Adam Sisman
  • Narrated by Michael Page
  • 25 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this definitive biography - blessed by John le Carré himself - Adam Sisman reveals the man behind the bestselling persona. In John le Carré, Sisman shines a spotlight on David Cornwell, an expert at hiding in plain sight - "born to lying," he wrote in 2002, "bred to it, trained to it by an industry that lies for a living, practiced in it as a novelist."
Of course, the pseudonym "John le Carré" has helped to keep the public at a distance. Sisman probes Cornwell's unusual upbringing, abandoned by his mother at the age of only five and raised by his con man father (when not in prison), and explores his background in British intelligence, as well as his struggle to become a writer, and his personal life. Sisman has benefited from unfettered access to le Carré's private archive, talked to the most important people in his life, and interviewed the man himself at length.
Who is John le Carré? Intriguing, thorough, and packed with entertaining detail, this biography will be a treat for the legions of le Carré fans.


What the Critics Say

"Whether listeners are being taken through le Carré's publishing history or his relationship with his publishers, [narrator Michael] Page moves through the eight decades of Cornwell's life with the right balance of energy and erudition. An audiobook biography to savor." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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The writer who came in from the cold

Having read all 23 of John Le Carre's novels I was keen to learn more about the man I have spent so many hours with.

Mr Sisman has written an excellent biography. I had no idea JLC had experienced so much in life. From his con man father to getting a knife to his throat in Kenya. From his days in the secret service to his exile to Cornwall. It's all here. Fascinating.
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- S A Whaley

too long!

did a detailed, interesting job covering the writing, release, and aftermath of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. I wish Sisman had done the same for Our Game and Single & Single but they are glossed over in a minute. And an inordinate amount of time was spent on jlc's father and childhood, which felt a but repetitive after five hours of it.
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- G. Wells

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-03-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio