Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Hodder and Stoughton (1974, 380 pages)
The film adaptation starring Colin Firth and Gary Oldman won 2 BAFTAS for Outstanding British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay and was nominated for three Oscars
The enduring novel by one of our greatest storytellers.
George Smiley, who is a troubled man of infinite compassion, is also a single-mindedly ruthless adversary as a spy.
The scene which he enters is a Cold War landscape of moles and lamplighters, scalp-hunters and pavement artists, where men are turned, burned or bought for stock. Smiley's mission is to catch a Moscow Centre mole burrowed thirty years deep into the Circus itself.