The Naïve and Sentimental Lover

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The Naïve and Sentimental Lover
First edition
AuthorJohn le Carré
Cover artistTony Geddes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
Published1971 (Hodder & Stoughton)
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
Preceded byA Small Town in Germany 
Followed byTinker Tailor Soldier Spy 

The Naïve and Sentimental Lover is John le Carré's sixth novel and his only non-genre novel.[2][3]

The story has autobiographical elements, as it is based on the author's relationship with James and Susan Kennaway following the breakdown of le Carré's first marriage. The novel was published in the same year as his divorce.[4][5] The novel had ugly critical reception.


  1. ^ Modern first editions - a set on Flickr
  2. ^ "The Naïve and Sentimental Lover A NOVEL By JOHN LE CARRÉ". Penguin Random House. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  3. ^ MELVYN, BRAGG (March 13, 1983). "A Talk With John le Carre". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  4. ^ "The Naive and Sentimental Lover by John le Carré". Goodreads. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  5. ^ "THE NAIVE AND SENTIMENTAL LOVER by John le Carré". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 16 September 2016.