The Pigeon Tunnel

  • by John le Carré
  • Narrated by John le Carré
  • 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

'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.'
The Pigeon Tunnel, John le Carré's memoir and his first work of nonfiction, is a thrilling journey into the worlds of his 'secret sharers' - the men and women who inspired some of his most enthralling novels - and a testament to the author's extraordinary engagement with the last half century.
The listener is swept along not just by the chilling winds of the Cold War or by the author's frightening journeys into places of terrible violence but, most importantly, by the author's inimitable voice.
In this astonishing work, we see our world, both public and private, through the eyes of one of this country's greatest writers.

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Audible Editor Reviews

"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)

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Customer Reviews

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As enjoyable and thought provoking as ever

The truth of his fiction shown through his experiences. I think a fan of his works would not be disappointed.
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- Caroline brown

Scratching the surface?

Not an autobiography, rather a series of anecdotes and very little revealed about the man himself, other than, perhaps as a distorted reflection of his extraordinary father. He reads it beautifully, though, a lovely voice which I could listen to for many an hour
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- Philip

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd