Title: Pigeon Tunnel, The
Authors: Le Carre, John
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 307
Year: 2016
Publisher: Penguin Books
Language: English
Description: The blurred lines of fiction and faction are given full reign in this collection of 38 vignettes from espionage storyteller John le Carre. Building on his own experiences as a young man in the British secret services, his extensive research for his novels involved exposure to exotic locales and characters and meeting with illustrious movers and shakers over the last several decades. From meeting with Margaret Thatcher, Yasser Arafat and heads of the KGB or visiting Beirut, Rwanda or a desert prison in the Negev, these people and places are vividly portrayed.

This book is a fascinating and enjoyable glimpse into a writer's creative journey, acutely observed and recounted with the wry humour of its genial host.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Great book for the Le Carre fans. I loved it even though I found it uneven and episodic."

"This is a beautifully crafted, fascinating and multi-faceted read, rich in colour and character."

"Perhaps his best writing comes in the pieces on his father Ronnie, a 'conman, fantasist, occasional jailbird', Kim Philby and the British aristocracy."

"This is a fascinating book written with wry humour, much humility, intelligence and acute observations."

"The chapters are bite-sized and easy to read and most enjoyable."

"While there are snippets of humour throughout the book, the wittiest section features the exploits and escapades of his father Ronnie."
Categories: Non fiction, Biography, Adventure/Exploration, 2019 Titles


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