Despite the French pen name, novelist John le Carre is about as British as the Union Jack. He is a former British intelligence officer started writing spy fiction in the early sixties. Due to his past as a foreign officer, le Carre was unable to publish books under his real name of David Cornwell. Unlike the James Bond series, le Carre’s protagonists are more ambiguous and his spy novels are more psychological than about physical action.

Although John le Carre has written the George Smiley series, he mostly writes standalone novels and has not published a series novel since 1990. Several of le Carre’s works have been adapted for film, television and radio. The most recent is the 2011 adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (with the commas dropped for the film title) starring Gary Oldman as George Smiley. Below is a list of John le Carre’s novels in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of George Smiley Books


Call for the Dead(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Murder of Quality(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Looking Glass War(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Honourable Schoolboy(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Smiley's People(1979) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Secret Pilgrim(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


A Small Town in Germany(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Naive and Sentimental Lover(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Little Drummer Girl(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Perfect Spy(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Russia House(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Night Manager(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Our Game(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Tailor of Panama(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Single & Single(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Constant Gardener(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Absolute Friends(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Mission Song(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Most Wanted Man(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Our Kind of Traitor(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Delicate Truth(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


Ox Tales: Fire(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: The collection Ox Tales: Fire also contains contributions by Geoff Dyer, Sebastian Faulks, Mark Haddon, Victoria Hislop, Vikram Seth, Lionel Shriver, Ali Smith, William Sutcliffe, Jeanette Winterson and Xiaolu Guo.

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