Born in Poole and educated at Sherborne School in Dorset, John le Carré taught French and German at Eton after attending the University of Bern and Lincoln College, Oxford. He served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War, and it was during this time that he wrote his first novel, Call For The Dead, which introduced his most famous recurring character – the fictional intelligence officer, George Smiley. Le Carré’s twenty-six books have been published in over 50 countries and 40 languages and continue to be loved by audiences around the world.
“Julia’s House has a rare and special claim on me that I find hard to describe – perhaps it is to do with having been so lucky in our own family, with one or two minor exceptions when compared to the brave, sad misfortunes that Julia’s House confronts daily,” explains le Carre. “I am very honoured to be asked to become a Patron of the charity.”