Thursday, April 25, 2013

John le Carre's A Delicate Truth...released May 7

John le Carre....a true favorite...has a new book coming.  Bumped my planned post off the site for today (and I was just sitting down to write something else).  Watch.

And there was a great interview with the author in last Sunday's New York Times Magazine.

Why do I like his writing so much?  Because I digs deep into what haunts his characters and makes them come alive...but as flawed and real very interesting.

The book is on sale May 7.  As described the publisher (as sadly I haven't read it yet!!!!):

The story of A DELICATE TRUTH unfolds over three years. A British civil servant is dispatched to Gibraltar where a top secret counter-terror operation (codename: Wildlife) is being mounted. He has been assigned by a Minister of Her Majesty’s Foreign Office to be his eyes and ears on the ground.  The mission is so delicate that not even the Minister’s private secretary, Toby Bell, is admitted to the plan. The operation goes off without a hitch.  Or does it?
Three years on, Sir Christopher “Kit” Probyn, a former British diplomat, is enjoying his well-earned retirement. Brought face to face with a living ghost from his past, he desperately appeals to Toby for enlightenment. With the surreptitious help of Kit’s daughter Emily, two men a generation apart, both loyal servants of the Crown, will separately discover whetherWildlife was the triumph it was made out to be, or a tragedy ruthlessly suppressed by the Foreign Office to which they owe their allegiance.
This year has already seen the Penguin republication of two le Carré novels, The Looking Glass War and A Small Town in Germany, (concluding Penguin’s publication program of eleven backlist le Carré titles). This fall (September) will be the 50th anniversary of the novel that brought le Carré worldwide attention, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, as well as a feature film adaptation of A Most Wanted Man, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and directed by legendary photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn. In addition, le Carré has recorded the audio book of A DELICATE TRUTH, the first time he has ever read an unabridged edition of one of his novels. 2013 will be a banner year for this extraordinary writer.

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