The Holy Name Book Club is open to all members of the community, no matter what their age or religion, who enjoy reading fiction. We meet – over a glass of wine – on the last Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall on Towers Avenue at 7pm.
The next meeting is on Wednesday 5 September to discuss Legacy of Spies by John le Carré.
After 25 years, Smiley is back…
Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him.
Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications.
Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carré has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back: The Spy Who Came in from the Coldand Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Of le Carre’s fiction, The Guardian commented ‘…he invokes deep, almost religious ideas of betrayal, trust, faith, and that’s why we love it’.
“It is a splendid novel … It is riveting, bitter and will be controversial … le Carre’s handling of dialogue remains perfectly fresh. Who else can tell you so much about so many people so quickly? Not a syllable is wasted.” – Andrew Marr (The Sunday Times)
All are welcome to join us.