Viking Canada to publish John le Carré's A Legacy of Spies in a worldwide publishing event

TORONTO, March 7, 2017 Viking Canada is delighted to announce the publication of a new novel by John le Carré, A Legacy of Spies , to be published on September 5, 2017.

This is the first novel in over twenty-five years to feature George Smiley, le Carré's most beloved character.  

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications.

Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carré has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. In a story resonating with tension, humor and moral ambivalence, le Carré and his narrator Peter Guillam present the reader with a legacy of unforgettable characters old and new.

All of le Carré's Smiley novels are published by Penguin Random House

For more than fifty years John le Carré has written novels that have come to define our age, from his extraordinary Cold War novels to his powerful depiction of the War on Terror in his most recent novel, A Delicate Truth. The Smiley series includes Call for the Dead, A Murder of Quality, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The Looking Glass War, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy, Smiley's People, and The Secret Pilgrim.

The Night Manager producers, The Ink Factory, have teamed up again with AMC and the BBC to produce a new series of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold with a script by Oscar-winning screen writer, Simon Beaufoy, to be released in 2018.

SOURCE Penguin Random House Canada Limited

For further information: Shona Cook, Publicity Manager, Penguin Random House Canada,, 416.957.1576; For further information on rights or serial, please contact Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown at or +44 (0) 20 7393 4492

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