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The Spy with a Heart of Gold

Three novels by John Le Carré

We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have had the privilege, over the past twenty-five years, of welcoming to our home a wide variety of people from all walks of life. Many have travelled from near and far to rest and recuperate in this house, whilst others, of an artistic nature, have taken inspiration from our magnificent scenery to complete projects such as composing music to accompany a blockbuster film; capturing the landscape in watercolours or completing a novel.

We have certainly had more than our fair share of eminent British authors. The exceptional Ian McEwan spent Christmas with us not long after "Atonement" became an international sensation. The wonderful and perpetually glamorous Robyn Young has graced us on a good number of occasions accompanied, always, by her equally charming and handsome partner. Robyn's beautifully written and immaculately researched historical fiction range from the Crusades to Robert the Bruce and we eagerly await the release of her much anticipated "Renaissance" novels. If you haven't yet had the opportunity to read her books, you will find them in our library (signed and some with lovely personal messages to the family); but we warn you, once you begin, you will be hooked!

Where does one begin with the phenomena that is John Le Carré. Quite simply one of the most delightful and talented people on the planet. At the time he and his very lovely wife stayed with us, one of his books was being made into a Hollywood blockbuster featuring a plethora of "A" list actors, whilst several others were being serialised for television. Despite the constant ringing of the phone, he somehow found the time to do what he had come for and complete yet another novel, "Our kind of Traitor". Before he left, he autographed all our copies of his novels in the library including a first edition of "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold". Peter and Margaret purchased the book in the mid 1960's because they had looked after the film crew who put the story onto the big screen starring Richard Burton and Claire Bloom. A few days after his departure, we received a parcel in the post containing signed copies of those that were missing, to complete our collection.