My ephemeral year spent in Sheffield has been on my mind of late. My recollections leaving me with the taste of uncoiled thoughts and feelings still in my memory buffer patiently waiting to be let loose into my wider sensorium. If only there was an easy way for that to happen.
“Fielder loved to ask questions. Sometimes, because he was a lawyer, he asked them for his own pleasure alone, to demonstrate the discrepancy between evidence and perfective truth. He possessed however, that persistent inquisitiveness which for journalists and lawyers is an end in itself.”
THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD – John le Carre (coronet edition 1990 pg 120)
THE REVErSION GAME, I read this a couple of weeks ago before THE NIGHT SESSIONS. Ths is the book that made me want to read THE NIGHT SESSIONS and is a subtler book in its overarching plot. Part of me does wish it was longer, not in actual plot but in the guts of what happens.
THE NIGHT SESSIONS A near-future police procedural in which the characters and their conversations easily overtake the plot as the main attractions.
THE SPY WHO CAME INTO THE COLD perhaps the most famous, and rightly so, spy novel ever written, featuring le Carre at the top of his game, and is easily as good as I remember it from a decade ago.
“What we want is not authenticity; it is credibility. In order to be credible, you have to dress the thing in clothes of authenticity.”
John le Carre speaking about writing in the Paris Review