Agent Running in the Field

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Agent Running in the Field
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First edition cover
AuthorJohn le Carré
Audio read byJohn le Carré
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherViking Books
Publication date
17 October 2019
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
LC ClassPR6062.E33 A72 2019

Agent Running in the Field is a 2019 novel by John le Carré published on 17 October 2019.[1]

The novel is set in 2018 and depicts the relationship between Nat (né Anatoly),[2] a 47-year-old member of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), and his daughter.[3] In an extract from the novel published prior to publication, The Guardian describes how "Nat admits to serious reservations about the idea of England "as the mother of all democracies", describing the country as in freefall, with "a minority Tory cabinet of 10th-raters... Labour no better. The sheer bloody lunacy of Brexit". Boris Johnson is described in the book as a "pig-ignorant foreign secretary".[4] Nat also plays badminton with Ed, a young man who "hates Brexit and Trump".[1]

John le Carré's editor at Viking Books, Mary Mount, has said that "The thing about Le Carré is that he's always been as much at home in Europe as Britain. A man with his experience of the Cold War could not walk away from the divisions in Britain, and between Britain and Europe... After the referendum, there was no choice for him except to look at where we are now... It is incredibly prescient, and a very emotional book in terms of how connected he feels to the history of Britain and Europe. There's no looking away, he addresses the very current political crisis".[1][5]


  1. ^ a b c Alison Flood (7 September 2019). "Exclusive: John le Carré's new novel set amid 'lunatic' Brexit intrigue". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  2. ^ Jake Kerridge (13 October 2019). "Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré, review: a tale of espionage and betrayal in the age of Brexit". The Telegraph. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Agent Running in the Field.John le Carré". Penguin Books Limited. A Penguin Random House Company. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  4. ^ James Naughtie (14 October 2019). "John le Carré: 'Politicians love chaos - it gives them authority'". Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  5. ^ Sarah Lyall (25 August 2017). "In conversation. Spies Like Us: A Conversation With John le Carré and Ben Macintyre". New York Times. Retrieved 15 October 2019.