A Delicate Truth

  • by John le Carré
  • Narrated by John le Carré
  • 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A counter-terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain's most precious colony, Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, and a private defence contractor who is also his close friend. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister's Private Secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it. Suspecting a disastrous conspiracy, Toby attempts to forestall it, but is promptly posted overseas.
Three years on, summoned by Sir Christopher Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely watched by Probyn's daughter Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and his duty to the Service. If the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing, how can he keep silent?
John le Carre was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. For the last fifty years he has lived by his pen. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.

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"One of those writers who will be read a century from now" (Robert Harris)

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Outstanding writing and narration

This intelligent, measured and thought-provoking novel was quietly powerful. It really made me think about morality, accountability and what is acceptable behaviour of the individual, and of a government. It was gripping and the ending perfect - and as a bonus, it seems that Mr le Carre has left a door ajar. Not only was it beautifully written, but the narration by John le Carre himself was a revelation. His depiction of the characters was distinct and his accents were excellent. It is a privilege to hear him read his own words. He is 81 years old - and right up there with the very best narrators.
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- Al

Gripping listen

I was a little apprehensive when I downloaded this new book from John le Carre. I have enjoyed many of his previous novels on audio and one of the great delights is listening to Michael Jayston's performance. This book is narrated by the author and at first I thought this might get in the way of my enjoyment of the book. He is, however, an accomplished reader and delivered believable voices for all the characters.
The story is gripping from start to finish and the characters are believable and sympathetic. I thought this was one of his best for a while.
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- Anne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-04-2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Limited