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14 Dec 2020

Thriller author John le Carré dies aged 89

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With the death of John le Carré, the world of espionage has lost its greatest raconteur, forged from his own life as a spy in Germany in the 1950s.

Ten years ago, we went to visit him at his cliff-top home in Cornwall, where we talked of his fictional hero George Smiley, and his own real-life unmasking by the British spy Kim Philby who defected to Moscow.

He said it was to be his last interview, but he lived long enough to give a few more.