Magazine October 24, 2016, Issue

Inside the Circus

The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life, by John le Carré (Viking, 320 pp., $28)

Editor’s Note: This review of John le Carré’s memoir was first published in October 2016. National Review is featuring it in honor of the famed author and former spy, who died Saturday.  

‘Walking the Cornish cliffs, I am overtaken with surges of gratitude for my life,” writes John le Carré in this witty, charming, and self-deprecating memoir, and the reader has no trouble understanding why. In the isolated splendor of his Cornwall estate, at a desk “built into the attic of a granite barn built on a cliff edge” overlooking the Atlantic, he has mined the rich seams of his

Michael F. Bishop — Mr. Bishop is a consultant at the National Endowment for the Humanities, a board member of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, and the former executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and of the International Churchill Society.

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