George Smiley is back in this week’s book previews

It’s set to be a big autumn for book lovers, with big releases from the likes of Robert Harris, Ken Follett, and Martina Cole.

This week’s line-up, though, is by no means insignificant.

First up is John le Carré’s A Legacy of Spies. In what is sure to be a cracking read, le Carré’s latest marries past and present to add a 21st-century lens to the work of George Smiley and the Circus. It follows the story of Smiley’s colleague and disciple Peter Guillam, as he is summoned back from retirement by his past.

The second book that is bound to fly off the shelves is The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye, David Lagercrantz’s continuation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series. Lagercrantz had big boots to fill when he took on the series’ mantle and proved he can more than fill them with last year’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web. This eagerly awaited installment is destined for success.

The final book on my radar this week is Robert Webb’s How Not To Be A Boy. This peep back at the life of one-half of the Mitchell and Webb comedy duo is described as “hilarious and heartbreaking” as it explores notions of manhood. In the interviews Webb has given, I expect nothing but a sincere and heartfelt journey.

If none of the above take your fancy, there is always Hilary Clinton’s What Happened and Roddy Doyle’s Smile to entertain you. I know which I would pick.

About Niall Hunt

Niall Hunt was born in the shadow of the Cotswolds and brought up in the Vale of Evesham. He is an award-winning journalist and now lives and works in London. Deep & Meaningless is his first novel. His second work, Time Bomb, is under way.

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