Tag: John LeCarre


Not so Smiley

An interesting insight into the writing life awaits readers of John Le Carre‘s forthcoming biography.
As he explained in a rare TV interview last year, his life had to be solitary in order to perform as a writer.
He also sees himself as a “bolter”, forever on the run from life’s trickier situations – from public school, from the burdens of bachelorhood, from the twilight world of British intelligence and then from marriage.
“And instinct simultaneously to engage in life and escape from it is not unusual in creative people, but I have it in spades.” he told one interviewer.
Reclusive he may be, but the life from which he claims to have run is the stuff of mystery, romance and intrigue – just like his books. The life of a loner obviously stimulates the creative juices.