One of the world’s greatest spy novelists, John le Carré, was granted Irish citizenship shortly before his death after being disappointed with England over Brexit, his son Nicholas said in a report. new documentary.
The author of novels including The Little Dummer Girl, the night manager and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, who have all had successful screen adaptations, discovered her Irish roots and chose to take Irish citizenship before dying at the age of 89 in December. You can read our obit here.
Upcoming BBC Radio 4 documentary A writer and his country, which will air on Saturday 3 April, tells how Le Carré was affected by the UK’s decision to go to war with Iraq in 2003, and how it was firmly opposed to the Brexit vote, which saw the population vote to leave the European Union.
“This is without a doubt the biggest catastrophe and the biggest idiocy that Britain has perpetrated since the Suez invasion,” Le Carré said of Brexit at the time. “No one is to blame except the British themselves – neither the Irish nor the Europeans.”
He found out he qualified for an Irish passport through his maternal grandmother, Olive Wolfe, and completed the process before his death, his son said.
“The Irish connection was very real and it meant a lot to him,” Nicholas says in the document, as reported by Irish Times.
The last novel of Le Carré, Agent running in the field, describes the current British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a key figure in the vote to leave the EU, as “a foreign minister ignoring pigs”. The book depicts a collusion between the UK and the US to subvert the EU.