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NEW FICTION A Delicate Truth by John le Carre is published in hardback by Viking, priced PS18.99 (ebook PS9.99). Available now.

As a former member of the British secret service and Oxford graduate, John le Carre always writes about what he knows best - corrupt government officials, drinking Scotch and mercilessly betraying each other.

The narrative of A Delicate Truth is split between Toby Bell, a thirty-something bachelor and the foreign office minister's private secretary, and Sir Christopher Probyn, an ageing, wealthy gentlemen living in a manor in Cornwall - a lifestyle that currently mirrors Le Carre's own.

Both find themselves involved in a top-secret counter-terrorism operation, orchestrated by the foreign office minister and a private defence contractor. When it is revealed years later that the project caused the death of innocents, they must decide whether or not to speak out, putting themselves at the mercy of the powers involved.

The Fab Four have had many accolades including being the most successful band of all time, had the most number one albums, and the most Christmas number one singles - but the claim that they were responsible for political and social reforms in Eastern Europe is perhaps surprising. This book by award-winning documentary maker Leslie Woodhead Book Reviews At 81, the wit and sheer intelligence of Le Carre's writing is all the more impressive. It keeps you on your toes, reminds you not to trust even your closest friend, and yet again secures his name as the greatest in spy literature.

NON-FICTION How The Beatles Rocked The Kremlin: The Untold Story Of A Noisy Revolution by Leslie Woodhead is published in paperback by Bloomsbury, priced PS12. …