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The Constant Gardener

A Novel

John le Carre


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (8/13/2012)
Digital Audiobook (12/31/2000)
Paperback (2/3/2004)
Mass Market (8/1/2005)


Now a major motion picture from Fernando Meirelles, the Academy Award-nominated director of City of God

The Constant Gardener is a magnificent exploration of the new world order by one of the most compelling and elegant storytellers of our time. The novel opens in northern Kenya with the gruesome murder of Tessa Quayle--young, beautiful, and dearly beloved to husband Justin. When Justin sets out on a personal odyssey to uncover the mystery of her death, what he finds could make him not only a suspect among his own colleagues, but a target for Tessa's killers as well.

A master chronicler of the betrayals of ordinary people caught in political conflict, John le Carre portrays the dark side of unbridled capitalism as only he can. In The Constant Gardener he tells a compelling, complex story of a man elevated through tragedy as Justin Quayle--amateur gardener, aging widower, and ineffectual bureaucrat--discovers his own natural resources and the extraordinary courage of the woman he barely had time to love.

Praise For The Constant Gardener: A Novel

--The Washington Post Book World

"Tough-minded, fast-moving, and uncompromising. The Constant Gardener is a tale of personal transformation . . . eloquent . . . civilized and forceful."
--Boston Sunday Globe

"Amazingly seductive, pulling you in deeper all the time."
--David Halberstam

"A powerful, moving novel . . . essential reading."
--Sunday Telegraph (London)

Scribner, 9780743287203, 496pp.

Publication Date: August 26, 2005

About the Author

John le Carré was born in 1931. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a worldwide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Honorable Schoolboy; and Smiley’s People. His novels include The Constant Gardner, The Little Drummer Girl, A Perfect Spy, The Russia House, Our Game, The Tailor of Panama, and Single & Single. He lives in Cornwall, United Kingdom.