The Secret Pilgrim by John Le Carre Proof Copy 1st 1991
An uncorrected proof copy published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1991. This rare proof is in near fine condition. The front panel of the wrapper has occasional light marks otherwise it is presentable and complete with very little other wear. The book itself is in immaculate unread condition. There are no creases to the spine and it doesn't look like its been opened. Overall a near fine copy of this rare proof.
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.