John Le Carre

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No punches pulled: John le Carré. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Just as intrigue over Brexit is expected to reach peak intensity next month, Britain’s master spy novelist John le Carré will be releasing a new novel(...)

An exhibit on the assassination of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. Photograph: Justin T Gellerson/New York Times

A few blocks south of the National Mall in Washington, DC, a sparkling new building has become the latest addition to the city’s museum scene. The In(...)

A talking cow who bad-mouths the then 28-day March from the supposed safety of April. Photograph: iStock

As if the Brexit deadline wasn’t ominous enough already, I realised this week that it is scheduled to coincide in Ireland with the annual visitation o(...)

Florence Pugh and Alexander Skarsgard in The Little Drummer Girl. Photograph: Jonathan Olley/BBC/The Little Drummer Girl Distribution Ltd

Whatever came next for The Ink Factory – the production studio behind Hotel Artemis, A Most Wanted Man and, most notably, The Night Manager – was alwa(...)

Still beating: Alexander Skarsgård and Florence Pugh in ‘The Little Drummer Girl’

All decent folk will feel glad for John le Carré. It must be gratifying to find yourself at the centre of the conversation as you negotiate your 87th (...)

Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko staged his death to foil an alleged plot on his life by Moscow’s security services. Photograph: (Valentyn Ogirenko/Pool photo via AP

Even the master spy storyteller John Le Carré wouldn’t have tried to get away with the plotline: on Tuesday this week obituaries were being written fo(...)

A Soviet military parade: Vladimir Putin and the Brexiteers are both pining for empire

There is a scene from the classic 1970s TV adaptation of John Le Carré’s novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, when the captured Soviet agent, Bill Hayd(...)

A cormorant flies over the South Wall as storm Ophelia builds off the East Coast. The story fascinated a public obsessed with meteorological matters. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

My late grandma never missed the weather forecast on TV. In fact, she never missed either of the evening weather bulletins – the one after Six O’Clock(...)

‘Month two of this presidency needs to produce a capacity to speak with one voice.’ Above, US president Donald Trump at a news conference in the White House.   Photograph: Stephen Crowley/New York Times

This Munich Security Conference was different. A Frenchman defended Nato against the US president. The Russian foreign minister was here but the phant(...)

‘Look into my eyes. Watch the show. Tell your friends.’

Homeland has the sort of survival instincts that Jack Bauer would kill for (actually that’s setting the bar quite low; Jack would kill to skip the qu(...)

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