John le Carré, the most sought-after spy novelist, dies at the age of 89

Le Carré’s family said he died of pneumonia. His wife, Jane, and four sons survived.

“I have represented David for almost 15 years. I have lost a mentor, inspiration and most importantly, a friend,” said Jonny Geller, CEO of The Curtis Brown Group Literature Agency. “We won’t see his counterpart again.”

John Le Carré at his home desk in August 1974.

Le Carré, described by Geller as “the undisputed giant of English literature,” has written 26 books in more than 50 countries and 40 languages, according to his official website.

Le Carré was born in 1931 and studied at the Universities of Bern and Oxford. He also served in British intelligence for a short time during the Cold War.

His most famous works spanned six decades and included the 1963 film The Spy Who Came in the Cold Form, which made Carré “the most famous spy writer in the world,” Geller said.

Le Carré also wrote the films “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy” and “The Most Wanted Man,” from which they made highly successful films.