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A master of spy fiction to the end — John Le Carré’s Silverview reviewed

23 October 2021

9:00 AM

23 October 2021

9:00 AM

Silverview John le Carré

Penguin Viking, pp.288, 20

Literary estates work to preserve a writer’s reputation — and sometimes milk it too. The appearance of this novel by John le Carré less than a year after his death seems almost suspiciously opportune, but whatever the publishing expediency involved, it is a very fine finale.

Julian Lawndsley is the 33-year-old owner of a bookshop in an East Anglian seaside town, having fled the City, where he has made both his fortune and his name asa canny trader.

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