John le Carre was born in 1931. His third novel, THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, secured him a wide reputation which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, THE HONOURABLE SCHOOLBOY and SMILEY'S PEOPLE. His other novels include THE CONSTANT GARDENER, A MOST WANTED MAN and OUR KIND OF TRAITOR.
'His command of detail is staggering, his straightforward, unaffected prose is superb. In short, wonderful value.' - Sunday Times'Simply the world's greatest fictional spymaster.' - Newsweek'Energy, compassion, rich and overwhelming sweep of character and action . . . one of the finest English novels of the seventies' - The Times