Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a spy novel by John le Carré, first published in 1974. It is the first volume of a three-book series informally known as The Karla Trilogy, followed by The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley's People. All three novels were published as a single-volume omnibus, The Quest for Karla. These three books are also the 5th, 6th, and 7th novel in the entire series of Smiley novels. In the novel, George Smiley, the old, estranged, overweight, taciturn and sharp-minded protagonist, is recalled from his uneasy retirement when there are signs that one of the top-ranking officers of the British Secret Intelligence Service (referred to throughout as "The Circus") is a Soviet mole.

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The 619th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 78th on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List (The Observer)
  2. - 93rd on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  3. - 110 Best Books: The Perfect Library (The Telegraph)
  4. - 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (Amazon.com (UK))

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