Saturday, April 08, 2017
Speaking of George Smiley! I don't know how I missed this before now, but I just found out that John le Carré has written a new novel. One that not only sounds eerily appropriate to our current socio-political situation, but also may tie up the loose ends he left hanging over twenty-five years ago, regarding many of his most beloved characters. This feels like it could be one of those books - you know the ones? - the books you weren't sure you would ever live to read, primarily because the author hadn't written them and never would. For all sorts of reasons. And then, at this late date... WELL. I mean, well, well, well! To say this makes my day is putting it lightly.
Hinting about what's to come is a wonderful note from Penguin editor Mary Mount, encapsulating the experience of reading his new manuscript for the first time:
"As the light faded outside on that November evening, I realised that this had been one of those rare days I had spent doing exactly what I imagined I would do as an editor when I first started in publishing: simply sitting in a room and being completely transported by a remarkable manuscript fresh from the author’s hand. I felt enormously lucky to be one of the first people to read A Legacy of Spies."
A Legacy of Spies. Publication date September 5, 2017. Cannot. Wait.