Spy novelist John Le Carré wins Olof Palme human rights prize

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The author, John Le Carré, whose real name is David Cornwell, was on Friday awarded the 2019 Olof Palme prize for his 'contribution to democracy'.

Le Carré, aged 88, was honoured "for his engaging and humanistic opinion-making in literary form regarding the freedom of the individual and the fundamental issues of mankind", the jury said in a statement.

The British author, famous for best sellers such as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, said he will donate his SEK 940,000 prize money to international humanitarian NGO Médecins Sans Frontières.

The prize rewards work for peace and human rights and the award ceremony takes place in Stockholm on January 30.

Click on the report to hear John Le Carré's reaction to winning the prize, when he spoke to Swedish broadcaster SVT.