Posthumous le Carre novel to be published

John le Carre's final novel Silverview will be published 10 months after the spy writer's death.
John le Carre's final novel Silverview will be published 10 months after the spy writer's death.

A final novel by John le Carre will be published in October, 10 months after the spy writer's death at the age of 89.

Publisher Viking said on Wednesday that Silverview, le Carre's 26th novel, will be published on October 12, in the week that would have featured his 90th birthday.

The publisher said the book is the only complete, full-length novel left unpublished at the time of le Carre's death.

It centres on a small-town bookseller who is drawn into a spy leak.

Le Carre, whose real name was David Cornwell, probed the morally murky world of espionage in the Cold War and its aftermath in books including The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which have come to be seen as classics.

The last novel published in his lifetime, Agent Running in the Field, was released in 2019.

The writer's son, Nick Cornwell, said Silverview was "the authentic le Carre, telling one more story."

"The book is fraught, forensic, lyrical, and fierce, at long last searching the soul of the modern Secret Intelligence Service itself," he said.

"It's a superb and fitting final novel."

Australian Associated Press