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John Le Carré : the biography

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First U.S. edition.

In this biography of well-known author John LeCarré, Adam Sisman reveals the man behind the bestselling persona. Sisman shines a spotlight on David Cornwell -- a.k.a. John LeCarré -- an expert at hiding in plain sight. Sisman probes Cornwell's unusual upbringing: abandoned by his mother at the age of only five and raised by his con man father (when not in prison). He explores Cornwell's background in British intelligence, as well as his struggle to become a writer and his personal life. Sisman benefited from unfettered access to Le Carré's private archive, talked to the most important people in his life, and interviewed the man himself at length.

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  • ISBN: 9780062106278 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0062106279 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: xx, 652 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations, photographs, facsimiles ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [2015]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2015 by Bloomsbury"--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 628-631) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Millionaire paupers -- 'We seek higher things' -- God and Mammon -- Wandering in the fog -- Serving your country -- 'That little college in Turl' -- 'This really is the end' -- Poor but happy -- 'Milk in first and then Indian' -- 'A dead-end sort of place' -- A small town in Germany -- Becoming John le Carré -- Naïve and sentimental love -- Caught in the machine -- Rich but restless -- Keeping the bitterness at bay -- 'You treated your father very badly' -- 'Does anyone know what's going on?' -- 'The love thief' -- Moscow rules -- 'Whatever are you going to write now?' -- 'He makes us look so good' -- The secret centre -- 'Mr angry' -- Beating the system.
Summary, etc.:
In this biography of well-known author John LeCarré, Adam Sisman reveals the man behind the bestselling persona. Sisman shines a spotlight on David Cornwell -- a.k.a. John LeCarré -- an expert at hiding in plain sight. Sisman probes Cornwell's unusual upbringing: abandoned by his mother at the age of only five and raised by his con man father (when not in prison). He explores Cornwell's background in British intelligence, as well as his struggle to become a writer and his personal life. Sisman benefited from unfettered access to Le Carré's private archive, talked to the most important people in his life, and interviewed the man himself at length.
Subject: Le Carré, John, 1931- > Criticism and interpretation.
Novelists, English > 20th century.
Spy stories, English > History and criticism.
Novelists, English.
Spy stories, English.
Genre: Biographies.


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