She named her 6 favorite secret agent novels for The Week magazine. One title on the list:
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le CarréRead about the other books on the list.
Le Carré’s 1974 novel about the search for a mole in British intelligence has a cast of wonderful characters, many of whom are reminiscent of people I met back in the 1970s: mild-mannered George Smiley; Connie Sachs—retired and gin-sodden, but still with an impeccable memory. The jargon of “ferrets,” “lamplighters,” and “the Circus” makes us all insiders.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is on John Mullan's list of ten of the best pairs of glasses in literature; Peter Millar includes it among John le Carré's best books.
Also see Rimington's five best list of books about spies in Britain and a 2009 list of her six best books.
Read Rimington's answer to the question: Which fictional character most resembles you?