Sofa reading, February 2018

It was certainly the weather to do plenty of sofa reading during February, and especially this week.

One of the books that both Liz and myself have read recently is A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre.

Liz – There were so many articles written about this author  when this book was published last year that I put my name down on the library reserve list to borrow a copy.  It didn’t disappoint as Le Carre returns to revisit the days of George Smiley through his now retired colleague Peter Guillam. The book interweaves episodes from the Cold War at it’s height with the present day.  For me this author is still a master story teller.

Mike – Among my favourite books are Le Carre’s Smiley trilogy, written during the 1970’s, which includes perhaps his best book Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.  I was slightly disappointed with A Legacy of Spies as, although well written, it seemed to lack a compelling plot compared to his earlier books.

The noted author Val McDermid says that Mick Herron is the John Le Carre of our generation, and having really enjoyed reading the first four books in the Slough House series I have to agree.

The fifth, London Rules, has just been published and I’m sure that when I read it sometime soon I will find it as engrossing as the others.

Happy reading, and have a good weekend!



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6 Responses to Sofa reading, February 2018

  1. Jo says:

    John Le Carre is an author that I’ve never read, nor have I watched any of the TV adaptations of his books. It’s a shame when a much anticipated book doesn’t quite live up to expectations, I’ve found that some authors are a little hit and miss, though I continue to read them otherwise I’ll miss out on the good books they write.

    • Flighty says:

      Jo I have to say that I’ve not read most of his books written since the late 1980’s as they changed after the Cold War ended. I agree about continuing to read miss and miss authors. xx

  2. Thanks for the reminder that there is a new Le Carre that I haven’t read. He is an astonishingly good writer who has his finger on the pulse of the whole world and no one can touch him for prescient thrillers. Stay warm ! Xx

    • Flighty says:

      Cathy you’re welcome. I liked his early books but stopped in the late 1980’s. I agree that he’s been a master storyteller. Thanks, you too. xx

  3. nikkipolani says:

    Hmmm, a new name to add to my search at the local library! Thanks. I’ve enjoyed some of Le Carre’s books in the past. I’ve liked Michael Harvey’s series based in Chicago, but haven’t read anything recently.

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