»Le Carré first disclosed that Bingham was the inspiration for Smiley in 1999. Bingham had also written crime novels, and when one was reissued, Le Carré wrote in the introduction: «He had been one of two men who had gone into the making of George Smiley. Nobody who knew John and the work he was doing could have missed the description of Smiley in my first novel.»«
Jasper Copping, Ben Farmer and Hayley Dixon
Novelist John le Carré hits out at accusations that his portrayal of the world of espionage had »hurt« his former mentor in the intelligence services, on whom he partly based his most celebrated character, George Smiley. Jasper Copping, Ben Farmer and Hayley Dixon report at The Telegraph.
»It is a wonderful read and an exhilarating experiment, all wrapped up in a prose style that has a simplicity and precision that would make both Jane Austen and George Orwell whoop with joy. It is brilliant news that it has won the prize.«
Kate Atkinson’s Costa Novel award for Life After Life shows that great writing can also be entertaining, says Sarah Crompton. Her view at The Telegraph.