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The Cunning Lies of Spymaster Revealed in ‘John le Carré: The Biography’

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If James Bond films are the junk food of espionage fiction, then the stories and characters of John le Carré are the filet mignon. His meticulous, detailed and thrilling novels have enthralled readers and moviegoers since the 60s with their sense of dark authenticity, aided by the fact that le Carré worked for MI5 and MI6 in the Cold War. He is considered one of the most important literary voices of the Cold War era for his unflinching and brilliantly plotted spy novels. Yet, Le Carré has said this of himself: “I’m a liar. Born to lying, bred to it, trained to it by an industry that lies for a living, practiced in it as a novelist.” That statement sheds…

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