- A Delicate Truth Listen to an excerpt from the audiobook, read by John le Carré.
‘John le Carré is back to what he does best in his 23rd novel: portraying troubled MI6 officers as they wrestle with their uniquely British consciences and dodgy foreign policies often forged in Washington.’
‘In a book that he describes as coming “closer to my skin than any of my more recent novels”, le Carré has created two characters that draw on his own personal experience in the intelligence services.
“I seem to have written two versions of myself into it — or better, two ages,”_ le Carré writes in an introduction to a special Waterstones edition of A Delicate Truth. _“In Toby Bell, thirtysomething rising star of Her Majesty’s Foreign Service, I see the striving ambitious fellow I fancy myself to have been at much the same age, until I went and messed everything up by writing The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.”
‘The other main character in A Delicate Truth, Sir Christopher (“Kit”) Probyn, is a retired Foreign Office civil servant, who lives in rural Cornwall. Le Carré has lived in a clifftop house outside St Buryan, near Land’s End, for more than 40 years.”