Aung Sun Suu Kyi pays tribute to John le Carré at Oxford Ceremony

John le Carre receives Oxford degree

June 20, 2012

Democracy icon Aung Sun Suu Kyi paid tribute to John le Carré as they received honorary Oxford degrees at a ceremony on 20th June

John le Carré was there to collect his Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa at Oxford University on 20th June while Aung Sun Suu Kyi was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law.

Suu Kyi paid tribute to le Carre in her acceptance speech, saying: "When I was under house arrest I was also helped by the books of John le Carré. They were a journey into the wider world and other countries and thoughts and ideas."

John le Carré has had a long association with Oxford University, having studied at Lincoln College, Oxford. He donated his archive to the University in 2011.

Le Carré is the author of some of the great novels of the twentieth century including The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was adapted into a Bafta Award winning film in 2011 starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong. A Most Wanted Man in set to begin filming in September 2012 and Rachel McAdams and Philip Seymour Hoffman have been confirmed to star while Anton Corbijn will direct.

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Image courtesy of University of Oxford Press Office © Dick Makin