1999
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Nat, a veteran of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, thinks his years as an agent runner are over. But MI6 have other plans. To tackle the growing threat from Moscow Centre, Nat is put in charge of The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. His weekly badminton session with the young, introspective, Brexit-hating Ed, offers respite from the new job. But it is Ed, of all unlikely people, who will take Nat down the path of political anger that will ensnare them all.

 

Details

ISBN: 9780241986547
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Publication Date: 20 Aug 2020
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 19.8(H) x 12.9(L) x 2.8(W)
Weight (gm): 330

 

Reviews

A fine piece of storytelling. It is a neat, compact, slow-burning tale with just the right amount of twisting and turning and misdirection. Divided loyalties, uncertain motives, Russian agents, bureaucratic infighting, jaded spies, tatty offices - all of the things you want and expect from a high-quality le Carre thriller are here * The Times *
A very classy entertainment about political ideals and deception . . . laced with fury at the senseless vandalism of Brexit and of Trump. Le Carre is the master of the spy genre. * Guardian *
Le Carre delivers a tale for our times, replete with the classic seasoning of betrayal, secret state shenanigans and sad-eyed human frailty, all baked into an oven-hot contemporary thriller . . . Agent Running in the Field is right on the money, in psychology as much as politics, a demonstration of the British spy thriller at its unputdownable best * Robert McCrum, Observer *
As ingeniously structured as any of le Carre's fiction, skilfully misdirecting the reader for much of the time * Evening Standard *
A masterpiece * Mick Herron, TLS *
Master of the game * Sunday Times *
Le Carre's troubled new protagonist is developed with the author's customary skill . . . an impeccable piece of writing * i *
No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times * Guardian *
The master is back on form in this tale of Russian subterfuge and a middle-aged spy 's suspicious badminton partner * The Times *
A rich, beautifully written book studded with surprises. Narrative is a black art, and Le Carre is its grandmaster * Andrew Taylor, Spectator *
The master espionage novelist takes on Brexit and Trump in this tense and chilling portrait of today * Evening Standard *
Wonderful . . . sophisticated entertainment from an author who, at 88, remains sharper than most of us * Church Times *
John le Carre is as recognisable a writer as Dickens or Austen * Financial Times *
A bang-up-to-date investigation of some of the big issues of our time * Sunday Express *
Le Carre demonstrates once again his sublime elegance as a writer, and his delicate touch when portraying human failings in the shadowy world of espionage . . . subtle, wry and seamless, it's an utter joy, from first page to last * Daily Mail *
A literary master for a generation * Observer *
Blisteringly contemporary . . . Each new book from le Carre is refreshingly different and uniquely compelling * Economist *
One of those writers who will be read a century from now * Robert Harris *
Astute state-of-the-nation commentary * The Guardian Books of the Year *
Classic, unmistakeable le Carre . . . it has the added bonus of some wonderfully vitriolic rants * Shots magazine: Book of the Month *
The master of the espionage novel returns with a perfectly nuanced story of a spy on the scrapheap at the age of 47 and uncertain who to trust in the world of Brexit and divided loyalties * Daily Mail, Books of the Year *

 

Author Biography

John le Carre was born in 1931 and died in 2020. He attended the universities of Bern and Oxford, and taught at Eton before serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War. For more than fifty years he lived by his pen.
Agent Running in the Field
1999

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