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The Naive and Sentimental Lover

Aldo Cassidy is the naive and sentimental lover. A successful, judicious man, he is wrenched away from the ordered certainties of his life by a sudden encounter with Shamus, a wild, carousing artist and Helen, his nakedly alluring wife.

Cassidy, plunged into a whirlpool of recklessness and spontaneity, becomes a man bewildered and agonised as he is torn between two poles of a nature more complex than he had ever imagined.

“Sad, funny, captivating and stunningly fertile”
The Sunday Express

“Splendid, original… le Carré shows how endowed he is with the gift of storytelling”
The Times

“Comic and touching . . . this novel is brilliant and marvellously good reading”
Book Word

The Naive and Sentimental Lover