Le Carré’s final novel arrived in 2017. A Legacy of Spies saw the last hurrah for Smiley.
But before that, Le Carre’ had one more surprise. He released a memoir, The Pigeon Tunnel, in 2016, detailing his personal life and such instances as lunches with Margaret Thatcher and Rupert Murdoch. It also brought an admission: “I have been neither a model husband nor a model father, and am not interested in appearing that way.”
Actor Gary Oldman paid tribute to le Carre’ with a statement.
“For me, John Le Carre’ was many things. He was, of course, a very great author, the true “owner” of the serious, adult, complicated spy novel—he actually owned the genre. All who follow are in his debt. His characters were drawn deftly and deeply, nuances too many to count, and for me, inhabiting George Smiley remains one of the highpoints of my life.”