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Smiley Returns!

John le Carré is bringing back his most enduring character, spymaster George Smiley. The hero of the “Karla Trilogy” will feature in his next novel, A Legacy of Spies, scheduled for release on September 5, 2017, from Viking Books.

According to Le Carré’s agent, Jonny Geller of Curtis Brown, the book was written in “a fever” over the past 12 months. Though Geller refused to reveal details of the plot, he said that it would “close George Smiley’s story”, which began in 1961 with Le Carré’s debut novel, Call for the Dead: “When I received the draft I had to keep starting it again and pinching myself that I was in the company of all these great characters from the Circus,” he said. “It really is going to be one of his finest, if not his finest, novel.”

In the meantime, now would be the perfect occasion to read or reacquaint yourself with le Carré’s classic novels featuring Smiley—

Early Smiley novels:

  • Call for the Dead (1961)
  • A Murder of Quality (1962)

The Karla Trilogy

  1. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1974)
  2. The Honourable Schoolboy (1977)
  3. Smiley’s People (1979)

Smiley appears as a supporting character:

  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963)
  • The Looking Glass War (1965)
  • The Secret Pilgrim (1990)