PRH to publish le Carré's memoir

PRH to publish le Carré's memoir

Penguin Random House's Viking division is to publish novelist John le Carré's memoir.

The book will be released in September 2016, simultaneously with Penguin Random House in the US and Canada. An audiobook read by le Carré, whose real name is David Cornwell, will be released at the same time.

In The Pigeon Tunnel, le Carré’s first work of non-fiction, he will open up his “extraordinary writing life for the first time”.

Viking said: "It is an exhilarating journey into the worlds of his 'secret sharers' - the men and women who inspired some of his most enthralling novels - and a testament to the author’s unique and personal engagement with the last half-century."

Penguin Random House UK bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Jonny Geller of Curtis Brown.

Tom Weldon, c.e.o. of Penguin Random House UK, said: "It is a huge honour for Penguin Random House to be publishing John le Carré’s memoir. The Pigeon Tunnel is the story of our times as seen through the eyes of one of this country’s greatest novelists. It will be a thrill to publish it in 2016."

Geller said: "For as long as I have had the privilege of working with David Cornwell, people have asked me when he would write his memoirs. Those people will be surprised and delighted by what is about to be published – insights into the creative mind, tales of adventures in the movie trade, encounters with the great and the not-so-good, intensely moving stories drawn from over 50 years of observing the world – told in prose other writers would envy."

Le Carré has sold 2,746,712 copies of his books through Nielsen BookScan to date.