LE CARRE, John. The Constant Gardener (signed). London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2001.
8vo., original paperback wrappers; pp. 508, [iv]; a fine copy.
First paperback edition, signed by the author.
Part thriller, part romance, Le Carre writes in the Author's note: "by comparison with the reality, my story was as tame as a holiday postcard". The book is dedicated to Yvette Pierpaoli, a French activist who died during the course of her aid work ("who lived and died giving a damn", p.5). The novel was later developed by Focus Features into a 2005 film starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz.