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The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

To mark the 50th Anniversary, Penguin have released a beautiful special edition featuring archival material and a special cover design.

In le Carré’s breakthrough work of 1963, the spy story is reborn as a gritty and terrible tale of men who are caught up in politics beyond their imagining.

It is 1962: the height of the Cold War and only months after the building of the Berlin Wall. Alex Leamas is a hard-working, hard-drinking British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters. His agents are either on the run or dead, victims of the ruthlessly efficient East German counter-intelligence officer Hans-Dieter Mundt.

Leamas is recalled to London – where, to his surprise, he’s offered a chance at revenge. But to get it, he may have to stay out in the cold a little longer…

“The best spy story I have ever read”
Graham Greene

“A topical and terrible story… he can communicate emotion, from sweating fear to despairing love, with terse and compassionate conviction. Above all, he can tell a tale. Formidable equipment for a rare and disturbing writer”
The Sunday Times

“Superbly constructed, with an atmosphere of chilly hell”
JB Priestley

This 50th anniversary special edition features a wealth of original archival material, much of it from le Carré’s own files, and from the making of the original 1965 film adaptation.

Audio excerpts

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold