The Sunday Times no. 1 memoir now in paperback.
'Out of the secret world I once knew I have tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit. First comes the imagining, then the search for the reality.'
The Pigeon Tunnel, John le Carré's memoir and his first work of non-fiction, is a thrilling journey into the worlds of his 'secret sharers' - the men and women who inspired some of his most enthralling novels. From terrifying meetings with Yasser Arafat in war-torn Beirut to brilliantly observed encounters with the great figures of 20th century film, from Stanley Kubrick to Alec Guinness. The reader is swept along not just by the chilling winds of the Cold War or by the author's frightening journeys into places of terrible violence but, most importantly, by the author's inimitable voice.
In this astonishing work we see our world, both public and private, through the eyes of one of the world's greatest writers.
“A master of the art . . . Enigma is the taste in the mouth that this fascinatingly readable book leaves us with”
John Sutherland, The Times
“Recounted with the storytelling élan of a master raconteur - by turns dramatic and funny, charming, tart and melancholy. The book provides insights into the quicksilver transactions between art and life performed by le Carré in his fiction. Filled with wonderfully drawn portraits of writers, spies, politicians, war reporters and actors who possess a palpable physicality and verve”
New York Times
“A story that is, truly, as extraordinary as any of his fiction”
“A fascinating and important book”
William Boyd, Guardian
“Le Carré's voice - that wry parcel of the familiar and the formal, always attuned to pace - is gripping whatever the tale, and his eye for human detail is as sharp in fact as it is in fiction”