The Constant Gardener

LE CARRE, John. The Constant Gardener.

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LE CARRE, John. The Constant Gardener. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2001.

8vo., original blue boards, spine lettered in rose gold; unclipped jacket (£16.99); brown endpapers; pp. [viii], 9-508, [iv]; fine (ribbon marker slightly frayed).
First edition, with full number 1-10. Boldly signed by the author to the title page.
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.