The Honourable Schoolboy, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


It is a beleaguered and betrayed Secret Service that has been put in the care of George Smiley.

A mole has been uncovered at the organisation's highest levels - and its agents across the world put in grave danger.

But untangling the traitor's web gives Smiley a chance to attack his Russian counterpart, Karla. And part-time spy Jerry Westerby is the weapon at Smiley's disposal.The Honourable Schoolboy is remarkable and thrilling, one of three books (together with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley's People) to feature the legendary clash between Smiley and Karla, two brilliant spymasters on opposite sides of the Cold War.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Espionage & spy thriller
  • ISBN: 9780340993774

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This book was a great disappointment after Tinker, Tailor. Whereas that had a simple but we'll developed plotline with a great central character this has neither. The plot here is vague, it's never really clear what the mission in Hong Kong actually is and the central character of Westerby is just dull. The best part is his trip to Cambodia for its evocative description of a city under siege with the knowing of what will come with the Khymer Rouge.I only persevered because I have the final book of the trilogy to read. Although how this can be part of a Smiley- Karla trilogy is beyond me as Smiley is peripheral (and dull) and Karla non existent!