The plane ride back from Zurich was made more pleasant by the FT magazine. It includes a must-read interview of John Le CarrÃ© by his neighbor and friend Philippe Sands. Among the stories therein:
Le CarrÃ© explains that some years ago The Times had published an â€œungratefulâ€ photo of him, alongside a story that heâ€™d clobbered a small Polish theatre company by asking for an exorbitant royalty. He wrote to the then editor to seek a correction, which brought a dismissive reply to the effect that he was big enough to take the rough with the smooth. So he wrote directly to Murdoch, requesting â€œa big apology, a contribution to the theatre, and lunchâ€. He was amazed to receive an instant and simple reply: â€œYour terms accepted, Rupert.â€ This put him in a funk, like a naughty schoolboy whose bluff had been called.
The interview is ungated online, which is unusual for the FT, so read it here while you can.