Slow Horses Creator Mick Herron - Live on Stage in London | How To Academy


Thu, 13 April 2023

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm GMT

Slow Horses Creator Mick Herron – Live on Stage in London

In Conversation With Hannah MacInnes

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Now immortalised by Gary Oldman and co. in one of the best series of our times, Mick Herron’s second-rate secret agents have changed the game for spy fiction.

‘Herron is at the summit of a new golden age of spy fiction’ – Sunday Times

Widely renowned as the greatest British spy novelist of our times, Mick Herron’s band of embittered, mediocre spies – the Slow Horses – are the flipside of Fleming and Le Carré, blundering through one misadventure after another. The Slough House thrillers have earned their author Mick Herron countless accolades and a regular place at top of the Sunday Times bestseller list; while the hugely acclaimed TV drama based on his novels have made him and his creation Jackson Lamb household names.

He joins us to share the story of how he invented these loveable rogues and what awaits them in the latest Slough House instalment, Bad Actors:

In MI5 a scandal is brewing and there are bad actors everywhere.

A key member of a Downing Street think-tank has disappeared without a trace. Claude Whelan, one-time First Desk of MI5’s Regent’s Park, is tasked with tracking her down. But the trail leads straight back to Regent’s Park HQ itself, with its chief, Diana Taverner, as prime suspect. Meanwhile her Russian counterpart has unexpectedly shown up in London but has slipped under MI5’s radar.

Over at Slough House, the home for demoted and embittered spies, the Slow Horses are doing what they do best: adding a little bit of chaos to an already unstable situation. In a world where lying, cheating and backstabbing is the norm, bad actors are bending the rules for their own gain. If the Slow Horses want to change the script, they’ll need to get their own act together before the final curtain.

Praise for Mick Herron’s Bad Actors:

‘A pitch-perfect espionage thriller’ – Sunday Times

‘This is entertainment of the highest class’ – Literary Review

‘[Bad Actors] deserves the bouquets that will come its way, and Herron is building a series with lasting resonance’ – The Times

‘One of the most consistently enjoyable literary achievements of the past decade’ – The Times

‘The man is a genius’ – Spectator

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Mick Herron

Bestselling Novelist

Mick Herron is a bestselling and award-winning novelist and short story writer, best known for his Slough House thrillers. In 2008, inspired by world events, Mick began writing the Slough House series, featuring MI5 agents who have been exiled from the mainstream for various offences. The first novel, Slow Horses, was published in 2010. Some years later, it was hailed by the Daily Telegraph as one of “the twenty greatest spy novels of all time”. The Slough House novels have been published in 20 languages; have won both the CWA Steel and Gold daggers; have been shortlisted for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year four times; and have won Denmark’s Palle Rosenkrantz prize.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.