John le Carrй donates his archive to the Bodleian Library

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy As an admirer of John le Carrй’s novels, I was delighted to find out this morning that he has donated his entire archive – some 85 boxes of handwritten and typed material – to the Bodleian Library, referring to Oxford as his ‘spiritual home’. Le Carrй is most famous for his cold war spy novels, and drew on his experiences working for MI5 and MI6 to create his exciting plots and memorable characters. In fact, he first worked for MI5 whilst reading Modern Languages at Lincoln College, and still managed to graduate with a First Class Honours degree! A selection of his working papers will be on display to the public at the Bodleian on World Book Day (Thursday 3 March) showing the evolution of some of his most famous works through different handwritten drafts stapled to typed sheets. A must-visit for any curious would-be novelists and potential spies!

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