John le Carré, the legendary British spy novelist has died aged 89. Writers, actors and directors paid tribute to the author who died of pneumonia on Saturday night in Cornwall. Gary Oldman, who starred in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, called le Carré 'the true "owner" of the serious, adult, complicated, spy novel'. Margaret Atwood said the novels involving his most enduring character, George Smiley, were 'key to understanding the mid-20th century'
John le Carré, author of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, dies aged 89