Mick Herron interview: the Irish Times Books podcast
Described as his generation’s John le Carré, he has created the bestselling Slough House series
Mick Herron: shares his views on the current political drama gripping the UK. Photograph: Mikael Buck
Welcome to the latest Irish Times Books Podcast, an interview with Mick Herron, the author of the Slough House series of spy novels.
Herron is originally from a working-class background in Newcastle but went on to study English at Oxford, where he still lives.
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Described as the John le Carré of his generation, he has created the bestselling Slough House series which features a rogue’s gallery of spies who have screwed up or been stitched up and are as a consequence desk-bound – “less MI5, more 9 to 5”.
Presiding over them is the magnificently monstrous Jackson Lamb, a brutally insensitive, belching, boozing, Falstaffian figure who makes their lives a misery but ultimately has their backs.
The latest book in the series, Slow Country, is one of the best so far, tightly plotted, wittily written and as a bonus a pitiless portrait of Brexit Britain. Herron shares his views on the current political drama gripping the UK.