Legendary author and former spy John Lee Carré dies at 89

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The death has been announced of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy author John Lee Carré, he died after battling pneumonia, he was aged  89.

Born David Cornwell, he transitioned from being a former spy to become one of Britain’s most critically acclaimed authors.

He had written 25 books under the pen name John le Carré, including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Constant Gardener and The Night Manager.

His body of work dates back to 1961 – with his third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, catapulting him into global acclaim in 1963.

Sharing news of Le Carré’s death on Sunday night, literary agent Jonny Geller said: ‘His like will never be seen again.’

Confirming the death was not  COVID-19 related, Mr. Geller said: ‘Our hearts go out to his four sons, their families and to his dear wife, Jane.

‘For six decades, John le Carré dominated the bestseller lists and review pages with his monumental body of work.’