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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adam Sisman Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2015 ISBN: 9781511335737
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The definitive biography of the internationally adored author of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and A Perfect Spy—arguably one of the most important and influential writers of the post-World War II period—by the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning biographer Adam Sisman.

In this definitive biography–blessed by John le Carré himself–Adam Sisman reveals the man behind the bestselling persona. In John le Carré, Sisman shines a spotlight on David Cornwell, an expert at hiding in plain sight–“born to lying,” he wrote in 2002, “bred to it, trained to it by an industry that lies for a living, practiced in it as a novelist.”

Of course, the pseudonym “John le Carré” has helped to keep the public at a distance. Sisman probes Cornwell’s unusual upbringing, abandoned by his mother at the age of only five and raised by his con man father (when not in prison), and explores his background in British intelligence, as well as his struggle to become a writer, and his personal life. Sisman has benefited from unfettered access to le Carré’s private archive, talked to the most important people in his life, and interviewed the man himself at length.

Who is John le Carré? Intriguing, thorough, and packed with entertaining detail, this biography will be a treat for the legions of le Carré fans.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ultimately it’s about love…this is a very emotional book. John le Carre had an utterly heartbreaking childhood…This is the best biography of 2015—a rare achievement that invites rereading.”

    Independent (London)

  • “John le Carré shows us that the novelist’s real life is just as fascinating as those le Carré depicts in his novels…There’s a con-artist, larger-than-life father; a destructive, blockbuster affair with a good friend’s wife; dust-ups with publishers; and tetchy relationships with various movie stars.”


  • “Admiring without being toadying, detailed without being overstuffed, highly readable and, above all, knowledgeable about the work…Sisman is the kind of thorough, serious writer who inspires trust…and what we take away is a new appreciation of le Carré’s full range.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “For listeners of le Carré’s spy novels, this biography is an intriguing look at the author whose art imitates his life. Listeners will be intrigued to hear about le Carré’s (David Cornwell) life in post-War Berlin, his service for the British intelligence services, and the endless schemes of his con-man father. Narrator Michael Page convinces listeners that we’re hearing directly from the biographer. Page’s British accent is clear, efficient, and appropriate for the characters. His handling of quotations is excellent and without artifice, and the footnotes, which can be devilish in audiobooks, are similarly dispatched…Page moves through the eight decades of Cornwell’s life with the right balance of energy and erudition. An audiobook biography to savor.’


  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick
  • A 2016 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography Shortlist Selection
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About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.