Several years ago, OI had just published a new book, The Stalking of Rosa Czekov; in a reference to my all time favourite book, which I must have read dozens of times – literally, I’m not exaggerating, Tinker Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré. It was published in 1974, but i first read it to accompany the TV series which was broadcast in 1979. it has been a comfort and an inspiration; I was so looking forward to the more recent film starring Gary Oldman, but in my mind it was a disaster, one of the worst films I’ve seen!

The book is a masterpiece, and although in many ways it might see dated, it is a fascinating insight into the world of espionage, and a masterclass in writing:

Anyway…

... and so was he from head to toe...

Tinker

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Tailor…

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Soldier…

ROSA COVER (2)

Spy!

I published The Stalking of Rosa Czekov as an e-book a couple of years ago; there is spying in it, but the spy is a stalker not an espionage agent:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/THE-STALKING-OF-ROSA-CZEKOV-ebook/dp/B008D29O5Y/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1396118362&sr=8-5&keywords=lois+elsden

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