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Vol 61 No 25

Published 17th December 2020

Out of the shadows 

Although he wrote only two novels specifically on Africa, David Cornwell, pen name John Le Carré, who died on 12 December, was a colleague of and friend to many of those in Africa Confidential's milieu. An aficionado of cameo roles in his 25 novels and some of the filmed adaptions of them, Le Carré described how Justin Quayle, the junior British diplomat in The Constant Gardener, stuffs a wodge of publications, including Africa Confidential, Private Eye and the East African Standard, into a music case belonging to Tessa, his wife, who was campaigning against a giant pharmaceutical company, after their house had been ransacked.

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