Wednesday, 19 June 2019

In the Spotlight - Mick Herron

Name: Mick Herron
Job: Author

Introduction:
Mick Herron is an author and short story writer.  His work has been shortlisted for the Macavity, Barry and Shamus awards, and his novella Dolphin Junction was joint winner of the 2009 Ellery Queen Readers Award. His second standalone, Nobody Walks was shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger in 2015, and was one of Booklist Magazine’s Best 101 Crime Novels of the Decade.  He is also the author of the acclaimed Jackson Lamb series, the first of which is the Steel Dagger-nominated Slow Horses. The second in the series, Dead Lions, won the 2013 CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger, and the third, Real Tigers, was shortlisted for both the Gold and Steel Daggers, for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, and for the 2017 Macavity Award. It won the Last Laugh Award at Crimefest 2017, for the best humorous crime novel of 2016.  The fourth book in the series Spook Street won the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger in 2017. It also won the Last Laugh Award at Crimefest 2018, for the best humorous crime novel of 2018, and was shortlisted for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year. The fifth Jackson Lamb novel, London Rules, was shortlisted for both the Gold and Steel Daggers in 2018 and has been shortlisted for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year. It has also been shortlisted for the Barry and Last Laugh Awards.  His most recently published book is Joe Country (June 2019).

Current book? 
Selected Stories by John O’Hara.

Favourite book 
Don’t have one.

Which two characters would you invite to dinner and why? 
Captain Haddock, from Herg√©’s Adventures of Tintin, and Hazel, from Watership Down. The former for his conversation; the latter for our main course!

How do you relax? 
Walks, naps, music.

What book do you wish you had written and why? 
David Niven’s autobiography, The Moon’s a Balloon. Because then I’d have been David Niven.

What would you say to your younger self if you were just starting out as a writer? 
Hang on in there.

How would you describe your series character? 
A functional drunk. 

Joe Country by Mick Herron (Published by Hodder and Stoughton)

"We're spies," said Lamb. "All kinds of outlandish shit goes on".  Like the ringing of a dead man's phone, or an unwelcome guest at a funeral ...  In Slough House memories are stirring, all of them bad. Catherine Standish is buying booze again, Louisa Guy is raking over the ashes of lost love, and new recruit Lech Wicinski, whose sins make him outcast even among the slow horses, is determined to discover who destroyed his career, even if he tears his life apart in the process.  Meanwhile, in Regent's Park, Diana Taverner's tenure as First Desk is running into difficulties. If she's going to make the Service fit for purpose, she might have to make deals with a familiar old devil ...  And with winter taking its grip Jackson Lamb would sooner be left brooding in peace, but even he can't ignore the dried blood on his carpets. So when the man responsible breaks cover at last, Lamb sends the slow horses out to even the score.  This time, they're heading into joe country.  And they're not all coming home.

Information about 2019 St Hilda's College Crime Fiction Weekend and how to book tickets can be found here.

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