John Le Carre

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The late Brendan Cardiff, retired veteran of many years at the European Commission in Brussels and occasional correspondent with this column

I was sad to hear over Christmas of the death of Brendan Cardiff, retired veteran of many years at the European Commission in Brussels and occasional (...)

Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh: like something out of a Le Carré novel. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

This time of year, things usually go a bit mad around Leinster House. Political parties throw parties, the restaurant is heaving, the bar gets busy an(...)

John le Carré  told RTÉ radio in 2019 ‘I am indeed applying for an Irish passport. And it means a lot to me.’ File photograph: PA

Acclaimed English novelist John le Carré who died on Sunday at the age of 89 was applying for an Irish passport and considering moving to Ireland afte(...)

John le Carré in 2017: he ‘will be remembered as perhaps the most significant novelist of the second half of the 20th century in Britain,’ the novelist Ian McEwan said. Photograph: Tom Jamieson/NYT

John le Carré (David John Moore Cornwell) Born: October 19th, 1931 Died: December 12th, 2020 John le Carré, whose exquisitely nuanced, intricately pl(...)

John le Carré: Thriller writer most famous for stories of complex cold war intrigue began his career as a real-life spy in postwar Europe. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images

John le Carré, who forged thrillers from equal parts of adventure, moral courage and literary flair, has died aged 89. Le Carré explored the gap betw(...)

Sean Connery as James Bond next to his Aston Martin DB5 in a scene from Goldfinger in 1964. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

It is just two months since Sean Connery, who has died, celebrated his 90th birthday. The appreciations will have given him some sense of how subseque(...)

Richard Osman: ‘I am obsessed with class. Class is everything and we don’t talk about it nearly enough’

Richard Osman has been on our telly for only a little over a decade. Originally a producer, he decided to sit in on a demonstration when pitching a qu(...)

Scottish actor Sean Connery at 90. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

It is 44 years since Sean Connery appeared as an aging Robin Hood in Richard Lester’s under-estimated Robin and Marian. There was a great deal of wear(...)

Belfast-born film expert Mark Cousins says he seldom watches a film twice, unless he is presenting it to an audience or if he wants to use a clip in a documentary. Photograph: Jamie Fry

I hope you enjoy this column. If you really, really like it (anything is possible) you may feel inclined to read it again. After all, that’s what we a(...)

Simon Reynolds called Burial’s 2007 masterpiece Untrue the most important electronic album of the century so far. In Ghosts of My Life: Writings on De(...)

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