John le Carr was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British intelligence during the Cold War. For the last fifty years he has lived by his pen. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.
"[Le Carr 's] novels are so brilliant because they're emotionally
and psychologically absolutely true, but of course they're novels."
--New York Times Book Review "Le Carr 's prose remains brisk and
lapidary. His wit is intact and rolls as if on casters... I might
as well say it: to read this simmering novel is to come in from the
cold." --New York Times "Le Carr is such a gifted storyteller that
he interlaces the cards in his deck so they fit not simply with
this book, but with the earlier ones as well." --The Atlantic "A
kind of eulogy for the present as well as the past, A Legacy of
Spies is haunting." --Chicago Tribune "Swift and satisfying." --USA
"We wish for more complexity and logic in our politics, so we look to make political art that is logical and complex: a genre defined by John le Carr ." --New Republic "The spy master's latest Smiley novel entwines today's world with a lost one... Ingenious."
--Washington Post "Intricately plotted and richly satisfying." --Star Tribune "Gripping."--The Christian Science Monitor "[Le Carr ] can convey a character in a sentence, land an emotional insight in [a] phrase & demolish an ideology in a paragraph." --Publishers Weekly (starred)
"Any reader who knows le Carr 's earlier work, and quite a few who don't, will assume that any attempt to second-guess the mandarins of the Service will backfire. The miracle is that the author can revisit his best-known story and discover layer upon layer of fresh deception beneath it."
--Kirkus Praise for John le Carr "One of our great writers of moral ambiguity, a tireless explorer of that darkly contradictory no-man's land."
--Los Angeles Times
"No other writer has charted--pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers--the public and secret histories of his times."
--The Guardian (UK) "I would suggest immortality for John le Carr , who I believe one of the most intelligent and entertaining writers working today."
--Alan Cheuse, Chicago Tribune "The constant flow of emotion lifts le Carr not only above all modern suspense novelists, but above most novelists now practicing."
--Financial Times "A writer of towering gifts."
--The Independent (UK)