From his extraordinary Cold War novels – such as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – to his powerful descriptions of the arms trade in The Night Manager, and the War on Terror in A Most Wanted Man, the writing of John le Carré has come to define the last half century.

On Thursday 7 September, John le Carré: An Evening with George Smiley, a special live broadcast from London's Royal Festival Hall, will bring the great author in conversation to our screens.

In this one-off event the author discusses the full breadth of his career, and reflects on the continuing story of his most famous creation, the tubby, bespectacled spy, George Smiley. 

Featuring readings from his new novel A Legacy of Spies, and a rare question and answer session, this will be an unmissable opportunity to experience the author direct and in his own words.


COMPETITION - WIN A SIGNED COPY OF JOHN LE CARRÉ'S NEW NOVEL

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To mark the release of A Legacy of Spies, the latest thrilling tale from the master of the spy drama, we have a special set of novels to giveaway, including an extremely rare signed copy of Legacy of Spies (hardback, first edition, out 5 September 2017) as well as paperback copy of Spy Who Came in From the Cold and Call for the Dead.

For a chance to win, simply answer the following question:

Which of these actors has not played George Smiley?

a) Alec Guinness
b) Bill Nighy
c) Gary Oldman

Tweet @CurzonCinemas the correct answer using #leCarreLive, or email win@curzon.com with 'John le Carre' in the subject line. The competition closes on Thursday 7th September. 


ASK JOHN LE CARRÉ A QUESTION

You also have the opportunity to send in your questions for the Royal Festival Hall event, which is being broadcast live to cinemas – if you think of something between now and 7 September, all you have to do is ask the question on Facebook or Twitter with #leCarreLive and your question could be asked at the event.

Join us for a celebration of one of the world’s greatest writers as he shares the secrets behind the creation of his most beloved character – live in cinemas on 7th September.