Nicholas Shakespeare: remembering John Le Carre

December 18, 2020 | 12:16 am

In this week’s Book Club podcast, we remember the great John Le Carre. I’m joined by one of the late writer’s longest standing friends, the novelist Nicholas Shakespeare. He tells me about Le Carre’s disdain for – and debt to – Ian Fleming, his intensely secretive and controlling personality, his magnetic charm, his thwarted hopes of the Nobel Prize… and why at the end of his life he acquired an Irish passport.

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