John le Carre was born in 1931. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a worldwide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People. His recent novels include A Most Wanted Man, Our Kind of Traitor and A Delicate Truth.
A wonderful book ... I cannot think of a more compelling read * Financial Times * An absorbing and thought-provoking piece of work * The Times Literary Supplement * Le Carre is in the first rank -- Ian McEwan