John le Carre (pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell) is the author of 12 realistic spy novels including several thrillers about the Cold War. Born in 1931, le Carre served in the intelligence corps of the British Army, graduated from Oxford in 1956 and worked for the British Foreign Office in Bonn and Hamburg until 1964. Le Carre’s best known novels have bee "The Spy Who Came In from the Cold" (1963) and the George Smiley trilogy: "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (1974), "The Honourable Schoolboy" (1977) and "Smiley’s People" (1980).
Five novels have been filmed: "The Deadly Affair," "The Spy Who Came In from the Cold," "The Looking Glass War," "The Little Drummer Girl," and his latest novel, "The Russia House," which will be released December 1990. Three novels were produced as mini-series by the BBC: "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"; "Smiley’s People" and "A Perfect Spy."
His novels are praised for their insight into human motivation and personality and are noted for their credible plots, authenticity and realistic characterizations. Family turmoil during the first 20 years of le Carre’s life created a sense of isolation that is reflected in the loneliness and alienation of his fictional protagonists, while his intelligence career in the British Army and Foreign Office lend authenticity to his works.
By the time le Carre finished the Smiley trilogy he had become the master at combining the conventions of detective and espionage fiction with the elements of human motivation and character development. In his last three novels, "The Little Drummer Girl," "A Perfect Spy" and "The Russia House," he has moved to complex political and psychological novels that are more serious works in which is characters happen to be spies.
Le Carre is the father of three sons from a previous marriage and now lives on the Cornish Peninsula with his wife, Jane, and their son. He continues to write and divides his time between the UK and the Continent.