Le Carré's Son Brings Back Spymaster George Smiley: In From the Cold - Take Two

John le Carré's iconic character, George Smiley, is set for a literary revival in a novel crafted by the late author's son, Nicholas Cornwell, writing under the pseudonym Nick Harkaway. Set in the Cold War era, the 2024 book explores the lost decade between The Spy Who Came in from the Cold in the early 1960s and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy grounded in 1973.

Harkaway expects to publish his as-yet-untitled book in autumn 2024.

Le Carré’s Smiley, a career intelligence officer navigating the clandestine world of British intelligence, is a deliberate departure from the stereotypical spy archetype, embodying quiet intellect and a nuanced understanding of the moral complexities in the realm of international intrigue. Smiley's character, already featured in nine Le Carré’ novels, captivates audiences with his understated yet profound impact on the intricacies of Cold War-era intelligence.

In From the Cold: Take Two - Le Carré's Son Revives Spymaster George Smiley

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John le Carré's iconic character, George Smiley, is set for a literary revival in a novel crafted by the late author's son, Nicholas Cornwell, writing under the pseudonym Nick Harkaway. Set in the Cold War era, the 2024 book explores the lost decade between The Spy Who Came in from the Cold in the early 1960s and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy grounded in 1973.

Harkaway expects to publish his as-yet-untitled book in autumn 2024.

Le Carré’s Smiley, a career intelligence officer navigating the clandestine world of British intelligence, is a deliberate departure from the stereotypical spy archetype, embodying quiet intellect and a nuanced understanding of the moral complexities in the realm of international intrigue. Smiley's character, already featured in nine Le Carré’ novels, captivates audiences with his understated yet profound impact on the intricacies of Cold War-era intelligence.

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George Smiley: A Spy’s Spy

Penguin Random House is behind the venture, which will be credited to both Harkaway and Le Carré, who died in 2020. "Tinker Tailor was written in the two years after I was born, and I grew up with the evolution of the Circus, so this is a deeply personal journey for me," Harkaway said.

The Smiley novel is expected to poke around in the shadows of compassion, human connection, and their intersection with national duty. "Nobody is better placed to capture the spirit and voice of John le Carré than Nick Harkaway," Harriet Bourton, Viking publishing director, said.

Le Carré’s Legacy

Harkaway, who has a handful of novels to his credit including Sci-Fi thriller Titanium Noir, also finished writing his father’s manuscript for Silverview.

Le Carré reportedly gave his 'final' interview to documentary film producer Errol Morris in The Pigeon Tunnel, which aired in 2023. Yet, it seems we may not have heard the last of Smiley or Le Carré just yet.

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