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pigeon-tunnelThe Pigeon Tunnel by John le Carré (Viking, £20)

This unusual autobiography comes barely a year after Adam Sisman’s doorstop examination of the life of John le Carré, and though this new volume re-treads some familiar ground it stands alone as a deeply personal and touching account of his life. With a reputation for being combative, here le Carré seems more willing to accept his own shortcomings.

We revisit his early flight from England to university in Berne, through to his recruitment when still a callow youth into what he makes clear were the…

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