Fairlady - - BOOK CLUB - BY JOHN LE CARRE (Pen­guin Ran­dom House)

Le Carre’s lat­est is a wel­come and long-awaited re­turn to his for­mer Cold War stomp­ing grounds. Fea­tur­ing many of the char­ac­ters from his early spy nov­els, it shows some of them in an al­to­gether new light. At the cen­tre is Peter Guil­lam – once a youth­ful dis­ci­ple of Ge­orge Smi­ley – now in semi-re­tire­ment in France. He is sum­moned to Lon­don to ap­pear be­fore the much-mod­ernised ‘Service’, to be ques­tioned about an ear­lier mis­sion. The ‘newly trans­par­ent’ service needs a scape­goat, and they have him in their sights. Le Carré fans won’t be dis­ap­pointed, nei­ther will any­one just look­ing for a darn good story.

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