George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction.
Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess 'the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin'.
Smiley, wrestling with retirement and disillusionment, is summoned to a secret meeting with a member of the Cabinet Office.
Evidence has emerged that the Circus has been infiltrated at the highest level by a Russian agent. 'Find the mole, George. Clean the stables. Do whatever is necessary.' Reluctantly Smiley agrees, and so embarks on a dark journey into his past - a past filled with love, duplicity and betrayal.
Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a star cast including Anna Chancellor, Alex Jennings, Kenneth Cranham and Bill Paterson, this epic dramatisation brilliantly depicts the complicated moral dilemmas of those who practise post-war espionage, and illuminates the murky corners of le Carre's classic spy thriller. 3 CDs. 3 hrs.
- Format: CD-Audio
- Publisher: BBC Audio, A Division Of Random House
- Publication Date: 07/01/2010
- Category: Espionage & spy thriller
- ISBN: 9781408400876