Walter Mosley, Nick Cornwell and Scott Detrow on John le Carré’s final novel SILVERVIEW

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October 20, 2021 • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Harper’s Magazine and The Mark Twain House & Museum are honored to present a powerhouse lineup discussing legendary spy novelist John le Carré’s new posthumous release, SILVERVIEW – A Novel. Bestselling novelist Walter Mosely (Easy Rawlins Mysteries, winner of the National Book Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award), Scott Detrow (NPR White House Correspondent, co-host of NPR’s Politics Podcast) and LeCarré’s son John Cornwell (who writes novels under the pen name Nick Harkaway) join Harper’s Editor Christopher Beha for a conversation on le Carré’s career, legacy, and what it took to publish his final work.
In Silverview, John le Carré turns his focus to the world that occupied his writing for the past 60 years – the secret world itself. Julian Lawndsley has renounced his high-flying job in the city for a simpler life running a bookshop in a small English seaside town. But only a couple of months into his new career, Julian’s evening is disrupted by a visitor. Edward, a Polish émigré living in Silverview, the big house on the edge of town, seems to know a lot about Julian’s family and is rather too interested in the inner workings of his modest new enterprise. When a letter turns up at the door of a spy chief in London warning him of a dangerous leak, the investigations lead him to this quiet town by the sea….
Silverview is the mesmerizing story of an encounter between innocence and experience and between public duty and private morals. In his inimitable voice, John le Carré, the greatest chronicler of our age, seeks to answer the question of what we truly owe to the people we love.

FREE virtual event, although donations are gratefully accepted. REGISTER HERE.

Copies of Silverview are available for purchase through the Mark Twain Store; proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum. Books will be shipped after the event. We regret that we are NOT able to ship books outside the United States as it is cost-prohibitive to do so.
About the author:
JOHN LE CARRÉ was born in 1931. For six decades he wrote novels that came to define our age. The son of a confidence trickster, he spent his childhood between boarding school and the London underworld. At sixteen he found refuge at the university of Bern, then later at Oxford. A spell of teaching at Eton led him to a short career in British Intelligence, in MI5 and MI6. He published his debut novel, Call for the Dead, in 1961 while still a secret servant. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a worldwide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy, and Smiley’s People. At the end of the Cold War, le Carré widened his scope to explore an international landscape including the arms trade and the War on Terror. His memoir, The Pigeon Tunnel, was published in 2016 and the last George Smiley novel, A Legacy of Spies, appeared in 2017. Silverview is his twenty-sixth novel. John le Carré died on December 12, 2020.
About the panel:
Nicholas Cornwell a.k.a. Nick Harkaway:
Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign and its Travelers Arts Impact Grant program, with major support from The Travelers Foundation. For more information call 860-247-0998 or visit


October 20, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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