British writer John le Carré, who died on 12 December, leaves behind a legacy of some of the most highly regarded spy novels of the Cold War era and beyond. Born David Cornwell in 1931, le Carré worked for the British domestic and foreign intelligence agencies (MI5 and MI6) in the 1950s before turning full-time to writing after the international success of his third novel, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, published in 1963.
Le Carré’s fiction was frequently adapted for film and television, most notably in two BBC miniseries starring Sir Alec Guinness as spymaster George Smiley, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley’s People. In addition to more than twenty novels, le Carré also published a compelling autobiographical work, The Pigeon Tunnel (2016), which details his complicated relationship with his con-man father.
Check out these books by le Carré, as well as their screen adaptations, from Richland Library’s collection.