LE CARRE, John. Single & Single. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1999.
8vo., original maroon boards, lettering in gilt to spine; with dust wrapper; pp. 336. A near-fine copy.
First edition, with full number line 1-10.
In a later publication of Single and Single, Le Carre admitted that the plot was losely based on his own experiences with his father, who imprisoned at least once for insurance fraud, was associated with the Kray twins. Le Carre writes that: "If I look back on my novel today, that bit of history forms only the backdrop to the story of how a father-obsessed son finally sprang over his own shadow, and discovered that the monster who ruled his life was just another sad and empty little man." (foreword to the 2001 edition).