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Barbican Station – Burning Questions ahead of Bad Actors

Find all previous and future episodes listed here or in your podcast app under "Barbican Station". I talk with previous guests Matthew Bradford and Dr. Mary Quest about their guesses for what we might see in Mick Herron's next Slough House book - Bad Actors. My post on the top burning questions ahead of Bad …

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Barbican Station – SLOW HORSES Season Finale Recap

Find all previous and future episodes listed here or in your podcast app under "Barbican Station". We talk about the sixth and final episode of the first season of the new Apple TV Plus adaptation of Slow Horses. In the first part we talk about impressions of the first few episodes before taking a break …

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Barbican Station – SLOW HORSES Fifth Episode Recap

Find all previous and future episodes listed here or in your podcast app under "Barbican Station". Catch up on episode five before the sixth and final episode of the first season drops of the new Apple TV Plus adaption of Slow Horses. In the first part we talk about impressions of the first few episodes …

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Barbican Station – SLOW HORSES Fourth Episode Recap

Find all previous and future episodes listed here or in your podcast app under "Barbican Station". Catch up on episode four before the fifth episode drops as we continue to discuss the new Apple TV Plus adaption of Slow Horses. In the first part we have some updates and impressions of the first few episodes …

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Barbican Station – SLOW HORSES Third Episode Recap

Find all previous and future episodes listed here or in your podcast app under "Barbican Station". Catch up on episode three before the forth episode drops as we continue to discuss the third episode of the new Apple TV Plus adaption of Slow Horses. In the first part we discuss impressions of the first couple …

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Barbican Station – SLOW HORSES Premiere/Second Episode Recap

Find all previous and future episodes listed here or in your podcast app under "Barbican Station". In this episode we discuss the premiere of the new Apple TV Plus adaption of Slow Horses. The first part is spoiler free before we take a break and come back to talk in depth about the first and …

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Barbican Station – Reconstruction by Mick Herron – Episode 13

In this episode we discuss Mick Herron's novel Reconstruction. Although the book is a standalone, there are a striking number of connections to the Slough House series, both in cross over characters and stylistically. We talk generally about the book before diving into spoiler territory for what I consider essential reading for any Herron fan. …

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Broken Covers – John Creasey, The Baron edition

Publishers are always looking to refresh the backlist of authors and sell more copies. In the 70’s the beautiful painted book covers went out of fashion and photo covers came into vogue. The UK publisher Fontana had paperback rights to many of the well known thriller writers of the time like Desmond Bagley, Alastair Maclean, …

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Conspirator by Humphrey Slater – The first Cold War novel?

I’ve always been fascinated with the history of the cold war spy novel. I had previously considered Atomsk, released in 1949 and written by Carmichael Smith, the first but it appears to only be the first US Cold War novel. The UK’s Humphrey Slater wrote Conspirator and beat Atomsk by a year.  Conspirator follows a …

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Letters of le Carré – News

After being teased by Nick Harkaway, one of le Carré's sons, during book events surrounding the release of Silverview we now have additional details on a book of John le Carré/David Cornwell correspondence. The book, currently titled A Private Spy: The Letters of John le Carré, 1945-2020, has a UK release date of November 3rd, …

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