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Best of 2020

With all the disruption of this past year, things have been a bit quieter on the site than normal. I’ve been focusing on podcasts over some of my longer written pieces which has taken a healthy chunk of time. That said, the year did have some highlights and in what is becoming a yearly tradition …

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John le Carré passes away at age 89

This is a hard one. In a year that has seen many, many losses, for lovers of literature, the loss of David Cornwell aka John le Carré is a difficult one to handle. Jonny Geller, his agent and friend, posted this note as well as a note from le Carré's family. https://twitter.com/JonnyGeller/status/1338239733638508547 On a personal …

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Barbican Station – London Rules – Episode 6

In this episode I take a closer look at the fifth book in the Slough House series, London Rules, with guest Ayo Onatade. We talk about British politicians, whether Slough House should switch to an open office plan, hackers with girlfriends, and the high death toll in Slough House. Plus a special treat, Ayo's recommendation …

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Slow Horses 10th Anniversary Edition

In honor of the 10th anniversary of the release of Slow Horses in 2010 Soho Press has put out an updated edition of the paperback edition with new cover art, a new preface written by Mick Herron, a list of discussion questions and a short story previously unreleased in the United States. The cover art …

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Barbican Station – Spook Street – Episode 5

In this episode I take a closer look at the fourth book in the Slough House series, Spook Street, with Clarissa Aykroyd. We talk about hipsters in Shoreditch, literary references, corporate-speak and Herron's love for London transport mayhem. Each month we’ll be exploring a different book in the series. All leading up to the release …

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Slough House – Signed!

We are getting closer and closer to the release of the seventh book, Slough House. As such, bookstores are putting up preorders for their signed copies. The wonderful Goldsboro Books has a signed copy available here. The book selling behemoth Waterstones is also offering a signed edition with an essay by Herron and a endpapers …

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Spy Games – Robert Ludlum’s Game of Counter-Espionage

Every so often I'll be highlighting some of the spy games I've picked up from various second hand stores over the years. I haven't played most of these yet, as finding willing spy game participants can be tricky, but I'm hoping to road test some of these as the kids get older. The way most …

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