The Secret Pilgrim
A George Smiley Novel
Publication Date: July 5, 2012
There’s a price to pay, and the price does tend to be oneself.”
To the young trainees at Sarratt, George Smiley is A Legend of the Service.” To Ned, however, he is something even more. Decades earlierbefore a mole nearly destroyed the Circus and well before the Cold War yielded to glasnostSmiley rescued Ned from disgrace and gently mentored him through a long and respectable career. Now, as he listens to Smiley address a new generation of spies, Ned ponders his own clandestine life, the unruly passions and personalities he’s encounteredand the doubts he’s kept locked away. Brilliantly charting the collision between global politics and individual frailties, The Secret Pilgrim is quintessential John le Carréthoughtful, prescient, and wholly unforgettable.
New York Times bestselling author John le Carré (A Delicate Truth and Spy Who Came in from the Cold) was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. For the last fifty years he has lived by his pen. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.
Michael Jayston is a highly-regarded British actor, having appeared in numerous films, among them Cromwell, A Mid-summer Night’s Dream, Zulu Dawn, and Nicholas and Alexandra. His many television credits include The Royal, Doctors, Emmerdale, Murder in Suburbia, and Only Fools and Horses, while on stage he has been seen in Henry V and Hamlet, as well as Private Lives and The Rivals.
“Powerful . . . remarkable . . . a grand summation of all John le Carré’s themes.”—The New York Times
“Le Carré…at the top of his form.”—Los Angeles Times