Nat, a 47 year-old veteran of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie.
Nat is not only a spy, he is a passionate badminton player. His regular Monday evening opponent is half his age: the introspective and solitary Ed. Ed hates Brexit, hates Trump and hates his job at some soulless media agency. And it is Ed, of all unlikely people, who will take Prue, Florence and Nat himself down the path of political anger that will ensnare them all. Agent Running in the Field is a chilling portrait of our time, now heartbreaking, now darkly humorous, told to us with unflagging tension by the greatest chronicler of our age.
Agent Running in the Field is a chilling portrait of our time, now heartbreaking, now darkly humorous, told to us with unflagging tension by the greatest chronicler of our age.
John le Carré
The master chronicler of our age, John le Carré’s work has come to define not only the best of spy fiction but the very colour of our times.
An insightful observer of the human condition and contemporary geopolitics alike, le Carré’s novels are exciting, thought-provoking and touch on both eternal truths and deeply felt issues of the moment. From his breakout 1963 novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, to 2017’s best-selling A Legacy of Spies, le Carré’s timeless works have endured and continue to be critically acclaimed and loved by audiences around the world.
Le Carré’s twenty-six books have been published in over 50 countries and 40 languages.
Le Carré was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. For over half a century he has lived by his pen.
Blisteringly contemporary... Each new book from le Carré is refreshingly different and uniquely compelling
Le Carré is the master of the spy genre
Robert McCrum, The Observer
His readers will know from his first line that they are in the presence of a great enchanter
The Sunday Times
Master of his game
Finely drawn and precisely engineered... one of our finest novelists
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