John le Carré is the nom de plume of David Cornwell. Born in 1931 in Poole, Dorset, le Carré was educated at Sherborne School, at the University of Berne (where he studied German literature for a year) and at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he graduated with a first-class honours degree in modern languages.
He taught at Eton from 1956 to 1958 and was a member of the British Foreign Service from 1959 to 1964, serving first as Second Secretary in the British Embassy in Bonn and subsequently as Political Consul in Hamburg.
John le Carré received The Crime Writers’ Association Dagger of Daggers Awards for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold in 2005 and he was awarded the British Book Awards TV and Film Book of the Year 2006 for The Constant Gardener.
John le Carré lives in the UK.