The Naive and Sentimental Lover (Paperback)

By John Le Carre

Penguin Books, 9780143119753, 448pp.

Publication Date: July 20, 2011



From the New York Times bestselling author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Spy Who Came in from the Cold; and The Night Manager, now a television series starring Tom Hiddleston. John le Carre's new novel, A Legacy of Spies, is now available.

"I have visited bohemia and got away unscathed."

Aldo Cassidy is an entrepreneurial genius. At thirty-nine, he dominates the baby pram market and rewards his success with a custom Bentley. But Aldo's bourgeois life is upended by a chance encounter with Shamus--a charismatic writer whose first and only novel blazoned across the firmament twenty years earlier. The two develop a passionate friendship that draws Aldo--smitten also with his new friend's luscious wife--into a life of reckless hedonism that threatens to consume them all.

John le Carre's The Naive and Sentimental Lover offers a dark and ribald send-up of both middle-class bohemian pretensions that will astonish and delight his many fans.

With a foreword by the author.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author John le Carre (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.

Praise For The Naive and Sentimental Lover

“Splendid, original…le Carré shows how endowed he is with the gift of storytelling.”—The Times (UK)

“Comic and touching…this novel is brilliant and marvelously good reading.”—Book World