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New John le Carre spy novel brings back George Smiley

British author John le Carre is to bring back one of the world's most famous fictional spies - George Smiley.

Publisher Viking said le Carre's new novel, A Legacy Of Spies, will be released on September 5.

The book reveals how spymaster Smiley and his fictional peers such as Peter Guillam come under scrutiny over their Cold War service with British intelligence - and face a younger generation which knows little about their history.

The novel will also refer to previous le Carre classics The Spy Who Came In From The Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Le Carre, 85, last wrote about Smiley in the 1991 novel The Secret Pilgrim.

Smiley was played by the late Sir Alec Guinness in two critically acclaimed TV adaptations, while Gary Oldman brought the character to a new generation in the big screen version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy in 2011.

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