I got this as a free download from The Guardian when they did a Books Season, at the same time that the film of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was coming out in the cinema. I had heard the BBC’s radio adaptation and thought it was very well done, so I was up for reading (listening to) my first full John Le Carré book. Not a bad place to start, I suppose.
The reading style of the narrator is very dry , measured and deliberate. At first this is a little off-putting, but you soon realise that this complements the sparse, curt sentences of the text. This is good, as I think I would have read the book too quickly, and not given the text the correct “tone” in my head. This is the advantage of being read the story.
The book rightfully deserves all the praise it gets. Not a word is wasted.
• Rereading: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré (to be read once you have finished the book, as there are potential spoilers…)