John le Carré, author of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, dies aged 89

John le Carré, author of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, dies aged 89December 14, 2020

Thriller writer most famous for stories of complex cold war intrigue began his career as a real-life spy in postwar Europe

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John le Carré, who forged thrillers from equal parts of adventure, moral courage and literary flair, has died aged 89.

Le Carré explored the gap between the west’s high-flown rhetoric of freedom and the gritty reality of defending it, in novels such as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Night Manager, which gained him critical acclaim and made him a bestseller around the world.

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