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John le Carré gives last interview

14th September 2010

Veteran spy writer John le Carré has given his last interview upon the publication of his 22nd book.

Speaking to Jon Snow on Channel 4 News, Le Carré detailed the plot of Our Kind of Traitor and talked about his own life as a spy in the late 50s.

As well as telling Snow that the interview would be his last, the 78-year-old said it would be his 'most candid and honest'.

When asked how he goes about writing his books, the author said he does not begin with a plot in mind and that this comes to him as he establishes the characters.

His latest novel, set in contemporary Britain in the depths of recession, focuses on international money laundering and features an array of characters ranging from an Oxford academic to a Russian Mafia member to an employee of the British Secret Service.

Dorset-born Le Carré has enjoyed success with many of his other titles, including The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which is being adapted into a film to be directed by Tomas Alfredson.

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