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The spy who came in from the cold

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actiongirl1978 Fri 24-Feb-17 13:01:06

I have just finished this (my first JLC) and raced to the library to see what else I could read from his back catalogue.

Any recommendations on what else I might enjoy?

I like the Mick Herron Slough House series and have his new one on order at the moment.

If anyone could give me any pointers, I would be super grateful.


SatsukiKusakabe Fri 24-Feb-17 13:18:40

I liked this very much too. A bit different, but you might like Raymond Chandler. I've just read and enjoyed The Long Goodbye.

As for Le Carre, I read the Constant Hardner before, more modern and different subject matter, it was ok but preferred the Spy. I am going to look out for more of the George Smiley series - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the most well known. I've seen the tv and film adaptations but haven't read the book.

SatsukiKusakabe Fri 24-Feb-17 13:19:28

Gardener! Sorry, The Constant Hardner sounds like the dirty version blush

actiongirl1978 Fri 24-Feb-17 13:47:12

Thanks Satsuki. I will look up Raymond Chandler later.

Ditto with tinker tailor, mind you I have seen the film twice and still can't remember whodunnit!

MrsBernardBlack Fri 24-Feb-17 13:56:39

Radio 4 did some dramatisations of the Smiley stories with Simon Russell Beale which are brilliant. Well worth looking out for.

Sniggering at the Constant Hardner grin.

LadyPeterWimsey Fri 24-Feb-17 14:09:04

I love pretty much all JLC up to A Perfect Spy, and then I think his books really went down hill (although I didn't mind The Night Manager and The Constant Gardener).

My favourites are Tinker, Tailor, Smiley's People, and The Little Drummer Girl, all of which I have re-read many times (The Honourable Schoolboy which goes chronologically between Tinker Tailor and Smiley's People I really didn't enjoy and you don't have to read it to understand Smiley's People).

There are a couple of shorter ones, A Murder of Quality and Call for the Dead which are more like detective novels but which are also good.

How I envy you having all these to read for the first time!

actiongirl1978 Fri 24-Feb-17 16:19:30

ooh thank you all!

I think I downloaded TSWCIFTC after the Night Manager had been on last year and it sat on my kindle unread until this week and I couldn't put it down. There was a real sense of fear and tension that I don't find often in fiction.

Right then, I will get ordering from the library (On a kindle download ban sadly).

smurfest Fri 24-Feb-17 20:24:54

I've read the Night manager and The Constant Gardener - both really good.

Am meaning to dig out his earlier stuff

midsomermurderess Sat 04-Mar-17 22:22:54

I love the Smiley books, the trilogy as it were. A Perfect Spy is great too, quite autobiographical.

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