John le Carre is the pen name of David John Moore Cornwell, who was born in 1931 in Poole, Dorset, and was educated at Sherborne School, at the University of Berne (where he studied German literature for a year) and at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he graduated with a first-class honours degree in modern languages. He taught at Eton from 1956 to 1958 and was a member of the British Foreign Service from 1959 to 1964, serving first as Second Secretary in the British Embassy in Bonn and subsequently as Political Consul in Hamburg. He started writing novels in 1961, and since then has published twenty-one titles. Michael Jayston is an actor best known for his roles in Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), Emmerdale (1972) and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972). Michael has narrated for two well-loved British authors, John le Carre and P.D. James. Michael's recording of The Constant Gardener by le Carre picked up an Earphones Award, adding to the accolades for his handling of the British spymaster's works.
'A beautifully polished, utterly knowing and palpitating book.' --
'A marvellously observed relentless tale.' -- The Observer
'A story complex and intense enough to carry both the philosophical weight and the page-turning tension that, combined, make him the supreme tale-teller he is.' -- San Francisco Chronicle