John le Carre – Until we have a better…

Until we have a better relationship between private performance and the public truth, as was…


“Until we have a better relationship between private performance and the public truth, as was demonstrated with Watergate, we as the public are absolutely right to remain suspicious, contemptuous even, of the secrecy and the misinformation which is the digest of our news.”
-John le Carre

John le Carre – Most people like to read…

Most people like to read about intrigue and spies. I hope to provide a metaphor…


“Most people like to read about intrigue and spies. I hope to provide a metaphor for the average reader’s daily life. Most of us live in a slightly conspiratorial relationship with our employer and perhaps with our marriage.”
-John le Carre

John le Carre – In every war zone that…

In every war zone that I’ve been in, there has been a reality and then…


“In every war zone that I’ve been in, there has been a reality and then there has been the public perception of why the war was being fought. In every crisis, the issues have been far more complex than the public has been allowed to know.”
-John le Carre

John le Carre – It’s part of a writer’s…

It’s part of a writer’s profession, as it’s part of a spy’s profession, to prey…


“It’s part of a writer’s profession, as it’s part of a spy’s profession, to prey on the community to which he’s attached, to take away information – often in secret – and to translate that into intelligence for his masters, whether it’s his readership or his spy masters. And I think that both professions are perhaps rather lonely.”
-John le Carre

John le Carre – Novelists are not equipped to…

Novelists are not equipped to make a movie, in my opinion. They make their own…


“Novelists are not equipped to make a movie, in my opinion. They make their own movie when they write: they’re casting, they’re dressing the scene, they’re working out where the energy of the scene is coming from and they’re also relying tremendously on the creative imagination of the reader.”
-John le Carre

John le Carre – You have no idea how…

You have no idea how humiliating it was, as a boy, to suddenly have all…


“You have no idea how humiliating it was, as a boy, to suddenly have all your clothes, your toys, snatched by the bailiff. I mean we were a middle-class family, it’s not as if it was happening up and down the street. It made me ashamed, I felt dirty.”
-John le Carre