“He was Irish at the time of his death,” said the BBC’s son Nicholas Conwell in a radio documentary about the author, which will air Saturday.
Carrey, whose real name was David Conwell, died in mid-December at the age of 89. Towards the end of his life he found his Irish roots. One of his grandparents was born in County Cork, Republic of Ireland.
Carey made his big breakthrough in 1963 with the spy thriller «The Spy Who Comes Out of the Cold with. A good two dozen other books followed. He was also regarded as an avid observer of social developments, often commenting on world events. He was a vocal critic of the 2003 Iraq war, the popular uprisings in Poland and Hungary, and the policies of US President Donald Trump. He did not shy away from criticizing the British government. He found it very annoying that the country was leaving the European Union.
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