Sunday, 23 June 2013

Writing - Wannabee John Le Carre's get writing.

John Le Carre

David John Moore Cornwell (born 19 October 1931), pen name John le Carré, is a British author of espionage novels. During the 1950s and the 1960s, Cornwell worked for the British intelligence services MI5 and MI6, and began writing novels under a pen name. His third novel The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1963) became an international best-seller, and remains one of his best-known works. Following the novel's success, he left MI6 to become a full-time author.
Le Carré has since established himself as an important writer of espionage fiction. In 1990, he received the Helmerich Award which is presented annually by the Tulsa Library Trust. In 2008, The Times ranked Le Carré 22nd on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". In 2011, he won the Goethe Medal, a yearly prize given by the Goethe Institute.
If you've never read any Le Carre I can recommend him. 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' is a great read.

I can almost hear the budding spy novelists tapping away at keyboards and using the actions of Edward Snowden as a backdrop for their work. Undoubtedly, some well known 'hack' will get the publishing deal but it's a rich story with lots of possibilities even to the latest twist in that the supposedly 'guilty' man has now absconded from Hong Kong to Russia!
Of course there is the glaring fact, well its dazzling me, that all the man has done is tell ordinary people like you and me, that which we've always suspected and that is 'Big brother is watching us! Of course the US government has labelled him guilty of treason but in fact is it a treasonable offence to tell the people, who elected the government, that their representatives are spying on them? If you can be guilty of spying on yourself then he is guilty - its almost masturbatory!
Ultimately, the governments of both the US and the UK will come down heavily on Snowden, that is if he ever leaves Russia!

I think even I could manage a chapter or two on this case! The US government have even given us a marketable name - The Prism - a NSA programme of collecting electronic data. What fun we could have as writers speculating on the human source of the 'Prism' and the chase to try and get Snowden  before he disappears into obscurity. There's a wealth of material and scope for imagination even though presently there is probably a chasm between current known facts and media fiction. That's the 'old cynic' coming out in me, whatever, it has the makings of a great tale.

God Bless