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9780062106278 The definitive biography of the internationally adored author of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and A Perfect Spyâ€”arguably one of the most important and influential writers of the post-World War II periodâ€”by the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning biographer Adam Sisman. In this definitive biographyâ€”blessed by John le CarrÃ© himselfâ€”Adam Sisman reveals the man behind the bestselling persona. In John le CarrÃ©, Sisman shines a spotlight on David Cornwell, an expert at hiding in plain sightâ€”â€œborn to lying,â€ he wrote in 2002, â€œbred to it, trained to it by an industry that lies for a living, practiced in it as a novelist.â€ Of course, the pseudonym â€œJohn le CarrÃ©â€ has helped to keep the public at a distance. Sisman probes Cornwellâ€™s unusual upbringing, abandoned by his mother at the age of only five and raised by his con man father (when not in prison), and explores his background in British intelligence, as well as his struggle to become a writer, and his personal life. Sisman has benefited from unfettered access to le CarrÃ©â€™s private archive, talked to the most important people in his life, and interviewed the man himself at length. Who is John le CarrÃ©? Intriguing, thorough, and packed with entertaining detail, this biography will be a treat for the legions of le CarrÃ© fans.