View Full Version : Which John Le Carre Novel?

22nd September 2008, 20:19
John Le Carre was being interviewed on Radio 4 whilst I was on my way home tonight.
Interesting bloke and whose books I've clearly ignored for too long.

Any recommendations on which one to start with?

23rd September 2008, 08:36
Start with the Karla trilogy:


Bob Dalek
23rd September 2008, 09:14
Ignore Le Carre. Go for Len Deighton: Horse Under Water, The IPCRESS File, and his masterpiece: Billion Dollar Brain. Le Carre's stuff is dull and phony reality toot.

23rd September 2008, 10:21
for le carre you will be wanting "the spy who came in from the cold". if you like it there's plenty more of the same.

yes, deighton is worth a go too - he's usually a bit more boy's own than le carre. i think "bomber" is his masterpiece though.