Friday, 24 June 2011


Flipbacks are a new format in publishing - books you read with the spine horizontal.

There are a few titles planned for the launch next Thursday, including One Day, Cloud Atlas and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier spy. Each costs £9.99.

Can't wait to see one in the flesh!

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Links for the next meeting - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Background, plot details and glossary of jargon on Wikipedia

IMDB entry for the original TV series, with Alec Guinness as Smiley

IMDB entry for this year's film remake with - um - Gary Oldman in the same role

A 5 star review on Amazon:

"This is quite simply the best spy novel ever written. Le Carre writes beautifully, and skilfully builds up the tension. The plot is elegantly conceived and superbly unravelled. If you only ever read one Le Carre, read this one - but I have to say the others are pretty good as well!"

(There are no 1 star reviews. The lowest it goes down to is 3 stars, and that is for the intrusive piano music on the audiobook version..)