This Summer the Waterstones bookchain is running a “Summer of Spies” promotion at its Gower Street shop in London, as a run-up to the publication of the new Smiley novel by John le Carre, A Legacy of Spies, due to be published in September.
Book club events cost £3; author meets, hosted by Jake Kerridge, are £6 (£4 for students), which includes a glass of wine.
Our old friend Mike Ripley and Telegraph crime and thriller critic Jake Kerridge will explore the history of British thrillers from the austere 1950s through the boom time of the Swinging Sixties and early 1970s at an event being held on 22 August, one of a series events including a quiz night – see below for the full line-up.
Tickets are redeemable against the purchase of books on the night. You can book online here: https://www.waterstones.com/events/search/shop/gower-street
- July 4: Classic Spy Fiction Book Club #1: Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana
- July 18: Classic Spy Fiction Book Club #2: Eric Ambler’s Epitaph for a Spy
- July 25: Rereading Le Carré: Nicholas Searle on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
- August 1: Quiz Night
- August 8: Rereading Le Carré #2: Mick Herron on Absolute Friends
- August 15: Classic Spy Fiction Book Club #3: Elizabeth Bowen’s The Heat of the Day
- August 22: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to the Eagle Has Landed
- August 29: Classic Spy Fiction Book Club #4: Len Deighton’s The IPCRESS File
- September 5: Rereading Le Carré: Charles Cumming on The Spy Who Came in from the Cold