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Barbican Station – The List and The Drop – Episode 9

In this episode we take a look at two of the Slough House novellas, The List and The Drop, with guest Matthew Bradford. We discuss whether there's a sadder sack than John Bachelor, what the worst thing Herron has done to one of his characters and Matthew shares a piece of Hollywood advice he got …

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Where is Slough House located?

From the opening pages of Slow Horses, it's been something all spy fans have wondered. Where is Slough House located at? Herron gave a rather detailed description and from that and a little Google mapping, on my visit to London in 2017 I was able to figure it out. Slough House on Aldersgate St. 126 …

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Quiller – The TV show

I’ve spread the word elsewhere but passing on the word to all you Quiller fans. Although it's been rumored to have been lost forever, a Michael Jayston fan has uploaded all thirteen episodes of the Quiller TV series to YouTube! The show has been slightly shrouded in mystery as it has been seen since it …

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Spy Games – Homeland

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. HOMELAND was the …

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AppleTV’s TEHRAN – A TV Review

AppleTV+'s original offerings have been a bit slim as of yet, no doubt complicated by the coronavirus which has slowed all movie and television production to a crawl. They have had a couple high profile successes, THE MORNING SHOW and MYTHIC QUEST: RAVEN'S BANQUET, but of most interest to spy fans will be the show …

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Barbican Station – Slough House Burning Questions – Episode 8

In this episode we change things up with a look at some burning questions ahead of the release of the seventh book in the series, Slough House, with guests Shane Whaley and Matthew Bradford. We discuss who's in our Dead Pool, who might rise from the dead and what the political situation of the Slough …

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Slough House by Mick Herron – A Review

Very minor spoilers below. What do you do when that thing from your past you’ve moved on from, or at least tried to bury deep inside, comes back? Do you embrace it? Reject it? Run from it as fast as possible? Perhaps all of the above and more.  That’s part of what River and the …

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Barbican Station – Joe Country – Episode 7

In this episode I take a closer look at the sixth book in the Slough House series, Joe Country, with guest Shane Whaley of the Spybrary podcast. We discuss working conditions for mercenaries, Jackson Lamb's toenails, and most importantly, Wales! We also talk about Peter Johnson, or is that Boris Judd? Plus Shane gives us …

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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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