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Our Kind Of Traitor

John le Carré’s 22nd novel, Our Kind of Traitor, is set in contemporary, recession gripped Britain. A left-leaning young Oxford academic and his barrister girlfriend take an off-peak holiday on the Caribbean island of Antigua. By seeming chance they bump into a Russian millionaire called Dima who owns a peninsula and a diamond-encrusted gold watch. He also has a tattoo on his right thumb, and wants a game of tennis.

What else he wants propels the young lovers on a tortuous journey through Paris to a safe house in the Swiss Alps, to the murkiest cloisters of the City of London and its unholy alliance with Britain’s Intelligence Establishment.

Reviews of the book can be found:

here from The Sunday Times
here from The Telegraph
here from The Times
and here from The Chicago Tribune

Choose from a wide range of other reviews from international publications from the list on the left.

Audio excerpts


John le Carré reading an extract of Our Kind of Traitor, courtesy of BBC Audiobooks and Waterstones

Our Kind Of Traitor