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The Secret Pilgrim Signed by John Le Carre 1st / 1st 1991


First edition and first print published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1991. This is a near fine copy. The wrapper has the tiniest of wear to the spine ends else it is immaculate and not price clipped. The book has some rubbing to the bottom edge and corners. The pages are very clean with no previous owners marks inside. Overall a near fine copy and it is signed by the author without dedication to the title page. 


The Secret Pilgrim is set within the frame narrative of an informal dinner talk given at the spy-training school in Sarratt by George Smiley. As Smiley talks, the first-person narrator, whom readers know only as "Ned," recalls his own experiences in a long career in the service. The various episodes are triggered by comments from Smiley, which send Ned into tangential memories. The individual stories together create a portrait of Ned himself, moving from the start of his career at the beginning of the novel to his retirement in the final chapter. Several of the episodes are recognisable anecdotes or urban legends from the British Intelligence community.