Author:John le Carré
This is not so much a biography as a series of anecdotes from the writer’s life. These mainly revolve around people he has met, ranging from ex-Nazis and Russian gangsters, to film stars and heads of state. It’s at times poignant, at times amusing, indeed on at least one occasion laugh-out-loud funny, and always beautifully readable.
However, in his introduction le Carré is at pains to point out that this is an unreliable memoir. This has you doubting the veracity of what follows right from the start. Maybe that’s appropriate coming as it does from the son of a con man, a former spy and a master of spy fiction. The result is that you come away convinced that, whatever you may have learned in ‘The Pigeon Tunnel’ there’s a good deal of le Carré that will remain forever hidden and you’ve been given a mere glimpse behind the curtain
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
le Carré’s novels, factual accounts like ‘The Cambridge Spies’
One thing you’ve learned
le Carré was at Oxford with news reader Reginald Bosanquet – at the time something of a playboy – and was bailed out by him when his father’s cheque for tuition fees bounced.