1st Edition

Histories, Adaptations, and Legacies of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Edited By Randal Rogers Copyright 2023
    194 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    While providing critical reflections on the work across generations of enthusiasts, this is the first book exclusively dedicated to John le Carré’s 1974 novel and its adaptations in radio, TV, and film.

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy stands among the most reproduced espionage tales of all time, with adaptations in television, radio, and film. Histories, Adaptations, and Legacies of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a collection of essays by international experts who each provides an account of the story’s currency across generations of audiences and scholars. Fans of the late John le Carré and the espionage genre will find here a comprehensive guidebook to the novel and its adaptations. Scholars, students, and amateur investigators alike will discover important historical, thematic, and theoretical ideas to explore and interrogate. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a complex tale of the espionage trade and its crew of motley eccentrics. This collection decodes its puzzles, riddles, and enigmas regarding secrecy, betrayal, ethics, and survival in the context of the United Kingdom’s place in the post-Second World War global order.

    A comprehensive guide for amateurs and an in-depth study of the novel’s histories, legacies, and approaches for students and scholars.

    1. Tracing le Carré: his work on the road

    Toby Miller

    2. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the le Carré film cycle, and the espionage thriller

    Tom Ryall

    3. The days before empire became a dirty word: decline, nostalgia and betrayal in John le Carré’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Jost Hindersmann

    4. Ethical dilemmas in John le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and its adaptations

    Lars Ole Sauerberg

    5. Gramophone, telephone, radio, spy: mediation and espionage

    Brian Baker

    6. Searching for a lost home in the labyrinth: set design in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Jane Barnwell

    7. Meeting the real George Smiley?: John le Carré and Alec Guinness at the bbc (1978-82)

    Joseph Oldham

    8. ‘Essentially, another man’s woman’: information and gender in the novel and adaptations of John le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Geraint D’Arcy

    9. Le Carré’s queer nostalgia

    Randal Rogers

    10. Interrogation in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tod Hoffman


    Randal A. Rogers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Gender, Religion, and Critical Studies at the University of Regina. He is a SSHRC-funded scholar who is currently writing a book about queer subjects in the espionage genre of film and television.