Five of the best: John le CarrÃ© | By genre | netflixlogins.org BooksBorn David Cornwall in the English town of Poole in , the author was 16 years old, restless and possessed by curiosity about the German-speaking world, when he arrived in Bern by train in October David told the registrar that he wished to study German language and literature; the registrar suggested that he might find it easier to take an introductory course in philosophy instead, but David was adamant. With a droll smile, the registrar wished the young man luck and shook his hand. Home was a little room that always smelled of chocolate for it was next to the Tobler factory, where Toblerone was made. His interest in German literature came to the forefront time and time again outside of the university. The hotel, a Bern landmark, is still there today.
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A s Tom Hiddleston this weekend concludes his extended audition for the role of James Bond , and Hugh Laurie proves himself a better Bond villain than any in living memory, viewers gripped by The Night Manager might want to put more moody spy stories on their spring reading list. But where to start? Call for the Dead The Spy Who Came in from the Cold The reader suspects strongly it will not be an unalloyed triumph. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy In the novel, it becomes clear that someone within the Circus is actually working for the Soviets, so Smiley — with his exhausted melancholy, his catastrophic love life, and his lovably pedantic skills of inquiry — is brought out of retirement to hunt him down.