The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life - John le Carré

To be published on September 6, 2016 by Viking Canada

The audiobook, read by the author, to be released simultaneously

TORONTO, March 24, 2016 /CNW/ - Viking Canada is thrilled to be publishing THE PIGEON TUNNEL: Stories From My Life, a memoir by the novelist John le Carré. THE PIGEON TUNNEL, in stores September 6th, is le Carré's first work of non-fiction, and though le Carré has spoken widely about his work and the numerous film and television adaptations of his novels, he has always been less inclined to speak about his own life experiences—until now.

THE PIGEON TUNNEL is an exhilarating journey to many parts of the world where we meet the men and women who inspired some of le Carré's most enthralling novels.  It is also a testament to the author's unique and personal engagement with the last half-century. From his years serving in British intelligence during the Cold War to a writing career that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion and to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, le Carré has witnessed many of the key conflicts and political shifts over the decades. In this series of fascinating stories, le Carré is as witty as he is incisive, reading into the world events he observed the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. Whether he's writing about visiting Rwanda just after the genocide, or the courageous female aid worker who inspired the main character in The Constant Gardener; or his friendship with Alec Guinness, the star of the brilliant BBC adaptations of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley's People, le Carré brings the reader into each new scene with his characteristic deftness and flair, allowing us to think anew about events and situations we believed we understood.

THE PIGEON TUNNEL offers a rare window into the life and work of a master. It is the only account of John le Carré's fascinating life written in the author's own words.


For more than fifty years John le Carré has written novels that have come to define our age, from The Spy Who Came in from the Cold to The Constant Gardener, from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy to A Most Wanted Man. His books have been admired by writers such as Philip Roth and Graham Greene, Ian McEwan and Robert Harris, and by figures from world politics such as Barack Obama and Aung San Suu Kyi. He is one of only a handful of writers whose novels have been successfully adapted for the big and small screen and whose characters have been interpreted by the greatest actors of their time: in the 1960s by Richard Burton; in the 1970s by Alec Guinness; in 2005 by Ralph Fiennes; in 2014 by Philip Seymour Hoffman. On April 19th, The Night Manager will premiere on AMC as a six-part mini-series, and Our Kind of Traitor has been adapted into a major motion picture coming to theaters this summer.

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SOURCE Penguin Random House Canada Limited

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