John le Carre

Fantasy is an essential part of what we are pleased to call reality

Spy show depicts the insecurity service

His pessimism about Britain proved untrue — and its own kind of comforting fantasy

Take a moment to enjoy your plot, says Hephzibah Anderson

Put down the pandemic novels: Here’s my favourite fiction of 2020

John le Carré’s voice of old-fashioned English authority was one acquired through merit and bearing rather than birth