A Murder of Quality by John Le Carre read by Keith Lloyd

And it occurred to him that the most important thing about Rode was that he had no friends. Smiley was reminded of Buchner’s fairy tale about the child left alone on the Earth, who  finding no one to talk to  went to the moon because it smiled at him. But the moon was made of rotten wood. And when the sun and moon and stars had all turned to nothing he tried to go back to the earth. But it had gone.