Despite the French pen name, novelist John le Carre wasabout as British as the Union Jack. He was a former British intelligence officer who 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.

Le Carre passed on December 12, 2020.

Although John le Carre has written the George Smiley series, he mostly wrote standalone novels and had 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)Description / Buy at
A Murder of Quality (1962)Description / Buy at
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963)Description / Buy at
The Looking Glass War (1965)Description / Buy at
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974)Description / Buy at
The Honourable Schoolboy (1977)Description / Buy at
Smiley's People (1979)Description / Buy at
The Secret Pilgrim (1990)Description / Buy at
A Legacy of Spies (2017)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of The Karla Trilogy Books

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974)Description / Buy at
The Honourable Schoolboy (1977)Description / Buy at
Smiley's People (1979)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

A Small Town in Germany (1968)Description / Buy at
The Naive and Sentimental Lover (1971)Description / Buy at
The Little Drummer Girl / A Death in the Family (1983)Description / Buy at
A Perfect Spy (1986)Description / Buy at
The Russia House (1989)Description / Buy at
The Night Manager (1993)Description / Buy at
Our Game (1994)Description / Buy at
The Tailor of Panama (1996)Description / Buy at
Single & Single (1999)Description / Buy at
The Constant Gardener (2001)Description / Buy at
Absolute Friends (2003)Description / Buy at
The Mission Song (2006)Description / Buy at
A Most Wanted Man (2008)Description / Buy at
Our Kind of Traitor (2010)Description / Buy at
A Delicate Truth (2013)Description / Buy at
Agent Running in the Field (2019)Description / Buy at
Silverview (2021)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Dare I Weep, Dare I Mourn? (2016)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of John le Carr Short Story Collections

Sarratt and the Draper of Watford (1999)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Pigeon Tunnel (2016)Description / Buy at
A Private Spy: The Letters of John le Carré (With: Tim Cornwell) (2022)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Book of Spies: An Anthology of Literary Espionage(2003)Description / Buy at
Not One More Death(2006)Description / Buy at
Ox-Tales: Fire(2009)Description / Buy at

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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