John le Carré

British novelist and spy

John le Carré (born 19 October 1931) is an English novelist. He was born in Poole, Dorset. He wrote many spy novels. The name is a pseudonym. His real name is David John Moore Cornwell.

John le Carré

Le Carré graduated from Lincoln College, Oxford with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

His worksEdit



  • The Good Soldier (1991), collected in Granta 35: The Unbearable Peace
  • The United States Has Gone Mad (2003), collected in Not One More Death (2006), ISBN 1-844-67116-X
  • Afterword (2014), an essay on Kim Philby, published in A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre[2]
  • The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life (2016)[3]

Short storiesEdit

  • "Dare I Weep, Dare I Mourn?" (1967), in The Saturday Evening Post, 28 January 1967.
  • "What Ritual is Being Observed Tonight?" (1968), in the Saturday Evening Post, 2 November 1968.
  • "The Writer and The Horse" (1968), in The Savile Club Centenary Magazine and later The Argosy (and The Saturday Review under the title A Writer and A Gentleman).
  • "The King Who Never Spoke" (2009), in Ox-Tales: Fire, 2 July 2009.


  • The Incongruous Spy (1964), containing Call for the Dead and A Murder of Quality
  • The Quest for Karla (1982), containing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People (republished in 1995 as Smiley Versus Karla in the UK; and John Le Carré: Three Complete Novels in the U.S.), ISBN 0-394-52848-4


Executive producerEdit



  1. Kean, Danuta (7 March 2017). "George Smiley to return in new John le Carré novel, A Legacy of Spies" – via
  2. Robert McCrum (9 March 2014). "A Spy Among Friends Review: Kim Philby's Treacherous Friendship with Nicholas Elliot". The Observer. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  3. Penguin Random House to Publish John le Carré’s Memoir in September 2016, Le Carré Productions, 9 October 2015, retrieved 21 February 2016

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