John le Carré, the former MI6 intelligence officer who went on to write classics like The Spy Who Came In From The Cold and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, will release his long-awaited memoir this fall. Just in time for American audiences to get swept up in le Carré fever once again, with the TV adaptation of The Night Manager, coming to AMC next month and a new film adaptation of Our Kind of Traitor this summer, EW is thrilled to exclusively reveal the cover of le Carré’s memoir, The Pigeon Tunnel below:
Here’s a bit of what readers can expect from this chronicle of le Carré’s storied history, per Viking:
Whether he’s writing about the parrot at a Beirut hotel that could perfectly mimic machine gun fire or the opening bars of Beethoven’s Fifth, visiting Rwanda’s museums of the unburied dead in the aftermath of the genocide, celebrating New Year’s Eve 1982 with Yasser Arafat and his high command, interviewing a German woman terrorist in her desert prison in the Negev, listening to the wisdoms of the great physicist, dissident, and Nobel Prize winner Andrei Sakharov, meeting with two former heads of the KGB, watching Alec Guinness prepare for his role as George Smiley in the legendary BBC TV adaptations, or describing the female aid worker who inspired the main character in The Constant Gardener, le Carré endows each happening with vividness and humor, now making us laugh out loud, now inviting us to think anew about events and people we believed we understood.
The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories From My Life doesn’t hit shelves until September 6, but you can pre-order it here.