Today’s words come from the master of the espionage thriller, John le Carre.
These thoughts and words may explain why it is that he is so reluctant to submit to personal appearances or media interviews, leading a relatively solitary life away from the city, on the Cornish coast.
“A good writer is an expert on nothing except himself. And on that subject, if he is wise, he holds his tongue….. nothing that I write is authentic. It is the stuff of dreams, not reality. Yet I am treated by the media as though I wrote espionage handbooks.”
“I also despise myself in the fake role of guru, since it bears no relation to who I am or what I do. Artists, in my experience, have very little centre. They fake. They are not the real thing. They are spies. I am no exception.”
His forthcoming, book signing event, is therefore all the more unexpected and exclusive.