All posts tagged: John le Carre

My Top 10 New Releases of 2016

I’m getting in early with my Top 10 New Releases for this year for three reasons. I don’t think I’ll read any more new releases this year, and I suspect that any I do won’t be up to the standards of my top ten. I’ve started studying again and blogging takes up a lot of time (if you let it), so I’ve written this in the past (i.e. last week) before my class starts so I can prioritise reading loads of potentially less exciting stuff. This is probably going to be my last post for a while which means there will soon be tumbleweeds rolling through this little corner of the internet. I’m helping you guys out! Maybe there’ll be a book on here you can ask someone to sneak under the Christmas tree for you (or you can sneak it under there yourself), or maybe there’s the perfect book on here for a reader you know. If you don’t do Christmas, maybe there’s a book on here you can buy just because (which, as …

Little reviews // October 2016

I’ve got three little reviews this month – one a new release that I’ve been waiting for for a year, and two audiobooks that were spur of the moment downloads and were both fantastic. ALL OF THESE WERE FIVE STAR READS!! Can you believe that?? The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life Author: John le Carré Genre: Non-fiction (autobiography/memoir) Release Date: September 8th, 2016 Rating: ★★★★★ [Goodreads] I wanted to dedicate a whole post to this book, because it’s so special to me and it deserves it. But the reality is that a post of any great length would have just been a gush fest with very little substance to it. So a short post it is – being succinct is sometimes best with books we love. Although this book falls best into the memoir category it isn’t really a memoir; as the title suggest it’s more like a collection of stories. Any fan of le Carré is guaranteed to enjoy this book. Not only are we given an insight into his writing process, but along …

Teaser Tuesday // ‘The Pigeon Tunnel’

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jen at Books and A Beat. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share two sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers! This is my most anticipated book of 2016. I have literally been waiting nearly a whole year for it and I even waited a bit longer for my local bookstore to order in a hardcover for me, because I wanted it to be extra special (nothing says “extra special” like a hardcover). It arrived last week and I actually nearly maybe started crying on page 2 because I was so excited to be finally reading it and what I was reading was just everything I had hoped for. Anyway, I’ll try and save some gushing for my review (which I’ll tell you now is going to be less review than gushiness) and share a couple of sentences from page 2. I know I’m meant to …

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 book covers I like to look at.

It’s been f o r e v e r  since I did a Top Ten Tuesday post. This is mainly due to me being busy, but also I can never think of appropriate books for each category. But this week’s an easy one – it’s a freebie! Since moving house recently, I’ve set up (and filled) two big bookshelves, dragging out of boxes some books that I haven’t unpacked from a move I did about seven years ago. It was great to see all these books again, look at their covers, and remember how great or mediocre they were. So that was my inspiration for this post – 10 book covers I like to look at. Here they are in no particular order: The Secret Pilgrim by John le Carré. I’ll get my fangirling out of the way early in this post. The Secret Pilgrim is the last of a series of books featuring perhaps my favourite literary character, George Smiley. I don’t think the cover is really anything special in terms of being eye-catching and …

Some thoughts on ‘The Night Manager’ on TV and on the page

Last night the final episode of the BBC adaptation of The Night Manager aired in Australia. As readers we all hope that when a book we love is adapted for the screen, the makers of that adaptation will do it the justice it deserves. I can say with all of my le Carré fangirliness that it well and truly surpassed my expectations in some areas, while not quite meeting them in others. Before I go too much further, I should warn you that there are spoilers ahead for both the book and the TV show, so if you haven’t read the book or finished up with the series yet, maybe stop reading now and come  back at a later date so we can chat! If you’ve watched the show and are thinking about reading the book, you can check out my review here.

Teaser Tuesday – ‘The Night Manager’

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share two sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers! I did a Teaser Tuesday for this book when I read it last year, so I don’t really need to do another one for it. But I’m doing one anyway because I love this book so much and I want to force gently encourage as many people as possible to read it. The BBC adaptation is FINALLY hitting Aussie tv screens this coming Sunday and I’m incredibly excited for it. I worry that I’m too excited and it won’t live up to my expectations, but based on the reviews so far, I think I’ll be ok. If you want to read my Teaser Tuesday post from last year you can go here, and my review of the book is here. Anyway, here are the teaser sentences. “But …

Book Review – ‘The Night Manager’

Title: The Night Manager Author: John le Carré Genre: Fiction – spy thriller Rating: ★★★★★ With the BBC mini-series adaptation of John le Carré’s The Night Manager scheduled for release in 2016, I thought it was about time to wrangle the book out of my tower of to be reads and give it a read to get a feel for the story before I watch the adaptation. I remember when I watched Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy that I was glad I’d read the book beforehand, as it helped me more easily grasp the plot of the film – there’s so much going on, it’s easy to miss things. Le Carré’s work, while fantastic (in the opinion of this reader) can be quite complex at times, full of politics and intrigue, and little strands of loose plot throughout that sometimes make no sense until he cleverly pulls one thread and brings it all together.  The Night Manager is no exception, and while it strays from the subject matter of his previous work, that of the politics of the Cold War …

Teaser Tuesday – The Night Manager

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share two sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers! Surely it’s no secret by now that John le Carré is one of my favourite authors. I might even go so far as to say that he is my absolute favourite author. While I’ve not written any spy novels (although I hope to one day), I’d like to think that his writing has had a small influence on my own. Certainly when I read his books, I am extremely observant of how he writes certain things – I am especially in love with his ability to set a scene and make me feel as though I’m there. So you can imagine my excitement when it was announced that one of his novels, The Night Manager, was being adapted for the small screen and the main roles were to be …

Book Review – ‘The Secret Pilgrim’ (or, ‘My Farewell To George Smiley’)

Quite often, an author will write a series featuring the same character/s and occasionally over that set of books, the reader will find themselves attached to one or more of those characters. So when the reader gets to the final book featuring said character/s, there is a certain amount of apprehension that comes with picking up the book and beginning to read. It’s like saying goodbye to an old friend, and you hope they get the happy ending they deserve. If you’ve read the Harry Potter series you’ll know what I mean: that feeling of excitement in finally knowing how it’s all going to end, but then not wanting to read it because it will be final. So I fear that this post is not so much a review, but a goodbye, with perhaps a smattering of good words about the book. As I opened the final novel in John le Carré’s George Smiley series, I found myself wondering if I was doing the right thing.  I’d become so incredibly attached to this character and these books, …

Teaser Tuesday – The Secret Pilgrim

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share two sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers! This week’s teaser is from John le Carré’s final George Smiley novel, The Secret Pilgrim. So far it’s probably my favourite of the Smiley novels, despite him playing only a minor role – but I’ll leave a more in depth explanation, for my review in a couple of weeks time. What I will say, is that the book has increased my affection for the old spy ten fold, and I am incredibly sad that he will make no more appearances in le Carré’s novels. But now, here are my sentences: “Haydon looked jauntily at Smiley, but the jaunty look became a chill stare as he waited for Smiley to return it. The rest of us waited too. The embarrassment was that Smiley didn’t return it. He was like a man declining to …