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John le Carré: An Evening with George Smiley

Join us for a celebration of one of the world’s greatest writers, as he shares the secrets behind the creation of his most beloved character. From his extraordinary Cold War novels – such as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – to his powerful descriptions of the War on Terror in A Most Wanted Man, and A Delicate Truth, the writing of John le Carré has come to define the last half century.

In a rare public appearance and one-off event, the author introduces his new novel, A Legacy of Spies, which sees the return of his most iconic Cold War characters, as their past comes back to claim them in the present. With a unique question and answer session, this is an unmissable opportunity to experience one of the foremost chroniclers of our age, direct and in his own words.

In conversation with Jon Snow, le Carré discusses the full breadth of his career spanning five decades, and reflects on the continuing story of his most famous creation, the tubby, bespectacled spy, George Smiley.

Limited signed first editions of A Legacy of Spies are available for £30, including a £10 donation to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). No further signed copies will be available at the event.

John le Carré is donating his speaker's fee to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

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Royal Festival Hall


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Please note this event is being filmed for broadcast.