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Spy novelist extraordinaire John Le Carré has died

One of the leading figures of literature, John Le Carré, spy novelist extraordinaire and Hollywood legend, has passed away at the age of 89 it has been confirmed. His work was unmatched in the field.

Le Carré was the mastermind behind countless bestselling novels. Largely revolving around Cold War espionage, many of his books have been picked up for films and TV adaptation and had rightly seen him become revered as a Hollywood legend.

The announcement of Le Carré’s death came via Curtis Brown, the writer’s literary agent, “It is with great sadness that we must confirm that David Cornwell — John le Carré — passed away from pneumonia last Saturday night after a short battle with the illness.”

Adding: “We all grieve deeply his passing. Our thanks go to the wonderful NHS team at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro for the care and compassion he was shown throughout his stay. We know they share our sadness.”

A beloved storyteller, Le Carré’s name will go down in history as one of the most prolific contributors in Hollywood. Le Carré, whose real name is David Cornwell, was championed in cinema for his expert use of imagery and landscape to create cinematic moments.

Critic Michael Sragow wrote, “Le Carré’s view of espionage as an extension of the ugly, soul-grinding side of Cold War politics was more than a slap at the Bond books’ Byronic derring-do and the movies’ glamour, gimmickry, and jet-setting. It read like an exposé of the spy game’s dirty little secrets.”

Le Carré, who has written 25 novels, built up a huge following and will be sorely missed by friends and family alike.