We've been watching Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Brilliant acting by thespian God Guinness and the rest, great claustrophobic smoky atmosphere, perfect length of episodes...
But what the bloody blimey are they on about? I was fine for the first two episodes, but then I found myself in a fog of Witchcraft and Merlin and Operation Testify and which one is which out of Alleline, Haydon, Bland and Esterhase, and which adverts did the bloke with the nice voice do voiceovers for?
Halfway through the final episode I consult Wikipedia's plot summary which helps a great deal but still leaves me wanting to read the book.
Of course it's not in the library so we head to our local cheap but crap bookshop. I forge ahead to the "L" section, on a mission.
And there I see several copies of the book pictured above.
"Ooh, look," I say to Betty in a silly, high voice. "It's Abi Titmuss!"
Betty doesn't reply. I turn as a woman walks closely past me, avoiding eye contact.
And I see Betty, ten yards away, over by the Classics.