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John le Carre


John le Carré is the nom de plume of David John Moore Cornwell, who was born in Poole, Dorset.

Mr. Cornwell was educated at Sherborne School, at the University of Berne (where he studied German literature for a year) and at Lincoln College, Oxford. He graduated from the latter with a first-class honors 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 the following titles, nineteen in total: Call for the Dead, A Murder of Quality, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, The Looking Glass War, A Small Town in Germany, The Naïve and Sentimental Lover, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy, Smiley's People, The Little Drummer Girl, A Perfect Spy, The Russia House, The Secret Pilgrim, The Night Manager, Our Game, The Tailor of Panama, Single & Single, The Constant Gardener, and Absolute Friends. Several of the novels have been made into film or television productions.

Mr. Cornwell is an Honorary Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and has Honorary Doctorates at Exeter University, The University of St. Andrews, Bath University, The University of Southampton, and The University of Plymouth.