Adam Sisman – John le Carr


In this definitive biography – blessed by John le Carr himself – Adam Sisman reveals the man behind the bestselling persona. In John le Carr, Sisman shines a spotlight on David Cornwell, an expert at hiding in plain sight – “born to lying,” he wrote in 2002, “bred to it, trained to it by an industry that lies for a living, practiced in it as a novelist.”

Of course, the pseudonym “John le Carr” has helped to keep the public at a distance. Sisman probes Cornwell’s unusual upbringing, abandoned by his mother at the age of only five and raised by his con man father (when not in prison), and explores his background in British intelligence, as well as his struggle to become a writer, and his personal life. Sisman has benefited from unfettered access to le Carr’s private archive, talked to the most important people in his life, and interviewed the man himself at length.

Who is John le Carr? Intriguing, thorough, and packed with entertaining detail, this biography will be a treat for the legions of le Carr fans.

Author: Adam Sisman
Narrator: Michael Page
Duration: 25 hours 47 minutes
Released: 15 Mar 2011
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Language: English

User Review:

breeze six-day

did a detailed, interesting job covering the writing, release, and aftermath of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. I wish Sisman had done the same for Our Game and Single & Single but they are glossed over in a minute. And an inordinate amount of time was spent on jlc’s father and childhood, which felt a but repetitive after five hours of it.