David John Moore Cornwell

[John le Carré]

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David John Moore Cornwell (born 19 October 1931), pen name John le Carré is a British author of espionage novels. During the 1950s and the 1960s, Cornwell worked for the British intelligence services MI5 and MI6, when he began writing novels under a pen name. His third novel The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1963) became an international best-seller, and remains one of his best-known works. ... more »

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  • What do you think spies are: priests, saints and martyrs? They're a squalid procession of vain fools, traitors too, yes; pansies, sadists and drunkards, people who play cowboys and Indians to brighten...
    John le Carré (b. 1931), British novelist. Leamas, in The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, ch. 25 (1963).
  • ''It's easy to forget what intelligence consists of: luck and speculation. Here and there a windfall, here and there a scoop.''
    John le Carré (b. 1931), British novelist. Leclerc, in The Looking-Glass War, pt. 2, ch. 9 (1965).
  • ''I don't think it is given to any of us to be impertinent to great religions with impunity.''
    John le Carré (b. 1931), British thriller writer. Quoted in International Herald Tribune (Paris, May 23, 1989). Referring to Salman Rushdie, autho...
  • ''For decades to come the spy world will continue to be the collective couch where the subconscious of each nation is confessed.''
    John le Carré (b. 1931), British thriller writer. quoted in Observer (London, Nov. 19, 1989).
  • ''Fools, most linguists. Damn all to say in one language, so they learn another and say damn all in that.''
    John le Carré (b. 1931), British novelist. Roper, in The Night Manager, ch. 16, Alfred A. Knopf (1993).
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  • Suzanne Kendal-morgan (4/3/2016 8:35:00 AM)

    I read The Night Manager years ago and have been waiting for it to be made into a film...but the serial has been fantastic and there was too much detail needed for a film...so well done and thank you...

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