The Pigeon Tunnel

Stories from My Life

Author: John le Carré

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241976863

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 2968


THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER 'Out of the secret world I once knew, I have tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit. First comes the imagining, then the search for reality. Then back to the imagining, and to the desk where I'm sitting now.' From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion, to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, John le Carré has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his first memoir, le Carré is as funny as he is incisive - reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. Whether he's writing about the parrot at a Beirut hotel that could perfectly mimic machine gun fire, or visiting Rwanda's museums of the unburied dead in the aftermath of the genocide, or celebrating New Year's Eve with Yasser Arafat, or interviewing a German terrorist in her desert prison in the Negev, or watching Alec Guinness preparing for his role as George Smiley, or describing the female aid worker who inspired the main character in his The Constant Gardener, le Carré endows each happening with vividness and humour, now making us laugh out loud, now inviting us to think anew about events and people we believed we understood. Best of all, le Carré gives us a glimpse of a writer's journey over more than six decades, and his own hunt for the human spark that has given so much life and heart to his fictional characters. 'No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times' Guardian 'John le Carré is as recognizable a writer as Dickens or Austen' Financial Times 'When I was under house arrest I was helped by the books of John le Carré ... they were a journey into the wider world ... These were the journeys that made me feel that I was not really cut off from the rest of humankind' Aung San Suu Kyi

This Side of Brightness

Author: Colum McCann

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 140880591X

Category: Civilization, Subterranean

Page: 256

View: 8842


By the author of the 2009 National Book Award winner, Let the Great World Spin, this critically acclaimed novel delves deep into the underbelly of New York.

A Tunnel Too Far

Author: Charles A. Turek

Publisher: Charles A. Turek dba Pagination Books

ISBN: 1463654103

Category: Fiction

Page: 233

View: 996


Deep under the bustling city, a dirty system of tunnels carries on the commerce of a booming economy. Living in this dark Hades by choice, a prideful young son of immigrants finds that his world is not what it seems to be. Inspired by some of the true facts and urban legends about those tunnels, this story is a tragedy about how we view ourselves and our place in society. The time is the very beginning of the Great Depression, and the place is in and around Chicago of that era. Electric streetcars still dodge horses, wagons and motorcars. The great railroads still operate steam-hauled trains into the city and serve its diverse population via fabled passenger stations. Prohibition is the law of the land, and crooks, criminals, and mobsters of all shapes and sizes are the law of the streets. Frank Cermak is a product of the ethnic neighborhoods, narrowly defined enclaves where narrow minds are common. He sits on the broad shoulders of the city, secure and smug, ready to grab his world by the tail and battle it to submission. The battlegrounds are the tunnels, streets, neighborhoods and canals of the great city, and the warriors are men and women like Frank, themselves caught in the battle without knowing which side they are on. Getting himself too deep into what he considers to be innocent mob activities, Frank is bent to the breaking point. With his stubborn pride ruined, his version of morality shaken, and his prejudices exposed, he must admit his defeat and suffer a horrible disgrace at the hands of cruel and ruthless men. Desperate, Frank struggles to right the world that he had figured all wrong.

How Can a Pigeon Be a War Hero? And Other Very Important Questions and Answers About the First World War

Published in Association with Imperial War Museums

Author: Tracey Turner

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447259904

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 160

View: 7297


Why did the First World War start? Who was fighting who? Did soldiers still fight with swords? Had aeroplanes been invented yet? What was it like to be inside the first tank sent to war? How could a shaving brush help you escape being captured? Did animals fight in the war? How can a pigeon be a war hero? What was the Women's Land Army? Why did it go on so long? How did it end? Find out the answers to these and lots of other exciting questions in How Can a Pigeon Be a War Hero? And Other Very Important Questions and Answers About the First World War. Published in association with the Imperial War Museum, Tracey Turner's brilliantly informative book will tell you everything you ever needed to know about World War I.

Tunnels #4: Closer

Author: Roderick Gordon,Brian Williams

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 0545381290

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 544

View: 6098


Closer to victory...or closer to death? An army of darkness is on the march: Who won't escape with their life? The fourth book in the New York Times Bestselling TUNNELS series! At long last reunited with his dad, Will now spends his days exploring the "land of the second sun," decoding the cryptic glyphs carved into its three mysterious temples--or eyeing the wild animals with renegade girl Elliott. Chester, meanwhile, has finally returned Topsoil, where his homecoming is rapidly becoming a horror show. But an army of darkness is on the march. And the ruthless Rebeccas have once more cheated death. With a corps of cold-blooded Limiters at their command, they're determined to hunt Will to the bitter innards of the earth. This time, who WON'T escape with their life?

Call for the Dead

A George Smiley Novel

Author: John le Carré

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101603755

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 8685


From the New York Times bestselling author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Spy Who Came in from the Cold; and The Night Manager, now a television series starring Tom Hiddleston. John le Carré’s latest novel, A Legacy of Spies, is now available. "Go back to Whitehall and look for more spies on your drawing boards." George Smiley is no one's idea of a spy—which is perhaps why he's such a natural. But Smiley apparently made a mistake. After a routine security interview, he concluded that the affable Samuel Fennan had nothing to hide. Why, then, did the man from the Foreign Office shoot himself in the head only hours later? Or did he? The heart-stopping tale of intrigue that launched both novelist and spy, Call for the Dead is an essential introduction to le Carré's chillingly amoral universe.