April Meet-up: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré

  • April 23, 2013 · 6:30 PM

Please join me for the April meet-up which is our Spy Month! Hope to see you all there!  Carissa

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré-Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a 1974 spy novel by British author John le Carré, featuring George Smiley. Smiley is a taciturn, middle-aged intelligence officer who has been forced into retirement. He is recalled to hunt down a Soviet mole in the "Circus," the highest echelon of the British Secret Intelligence Service. In keeping with le Carré's work, the narrative begins in medias res with the repatriation of a captured British spy. The background is supplied during the book through a series of flashbacks.

The first novel in John le Carré's celebrated and New York Times bestselling Karla trilogy featuring George Smiley, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a heart-stopping tale of international intrigue.  The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement-especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla—his Moscow Centre nemesis—and sets a trap to catch the traitor.


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. Following the novel's success, he left MI6 to become a full-time author.

Le Carré has since established himself as an important writer of espionage fiction. In 1990, he received the Helmerich Award which is presented annually by the Tulsa Library Trust. In 2008, The Times ranked Le Carré 22nd on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". In 2011, he won the Goethe Medal, a yearly prize given by the Goethe Institute.


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  • Garrick S.

    Good book, It did take a bit to get into but listening to it (vs. reading) help. Like I said I will have to reread because I know I missed things. One comment I did not say at the meet was when the girl fell of the horse it felt more like Le Carré was trying to point out that George's attention is on everything around him, he notices all the details of his surroundings. That was my take on that scene. See you all next time.

    April 24, 2013

  • Julia

    I enjoyed it as well, it inspired me to see the film again. But I don't think I can make it to your movie night.

    April 24, 2013

  • Carissa

    Thanks for coming tonight! Great discussion with an intimate group of almost all regulars!

    April 23, 2013

  • Pamela

    have to work late tonight - hope to catch you all at the movie

    April 23, 2013

  • Lucymarie R.

    Sorry, Carissa. I'm not feeling too well. Just got out of the hospital.

    April 22, 2013

  • Andrea P.

    Sorry last minute meetings came up that day!!

    April 20, 2013

  • Tee

    In Fresno that week, ugh!

    February 13, 2013

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