Le Carré awarded Goethe medal

John le Carré has been awarded a Goethe Medal, an honour given each year by the Goethe Institute in London for "outstanding service to the German language and international cultural dialogue".

The award was made to Le Carré in recognition of his life work. One of his best known novels, The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, was set in Germany.

The first Goethe Medal was awarded in 1955 and Le Carré joins an list of recipients which includes Billy Wilder, Karl Popper, Daniel Barenboim and Jorge Semprún. Three medals are awarded each year; the recipients alongside Le Carre are French theatre director Ariane Mnouchkine and Polish intellectual Adam Michnik.