How to Craft a Gripping Spy Thriller
The art of espionage with Mick Herron
Learn from one of the great spy thriller writers of our time – a master of sardonic wit and edge-of-your-seat storytelling who is often compared to John le Carré and Len Deighton. Mick Herron, author of the Jackson Lamb series, will share his incomparable insights into crafting a compelling plot that will keep your reader hooked from the first page.
This two-hour workshop is running twice throughout the day: 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm.
Purchase a combined package of Claire McGowan and Mick’s workshops for £70!
Part of Noirwich Crime Writing Festival.
Mick Herron is a novelist and short story writer whose books include the acclaimed Jackson Lamb series, the Sarah Tucker/Zoë Boehm series and the standalone novel Reconstruction. Slow Horses, the first Jackson Lamb novel, was nominated for the Steel Dagger, and was hailed by the Daily Telegraph as one of the ‘the twenty greatest spy novels of all time’. The second in the series, Dead Lions, won the 2013 CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger, and was picked by the Sunday Times as one of the best 25 crime novels of the past five years. The third, Real Tigers, was shortlisted for both the Gold and Steel Daggers, for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year, and for the 2017 Macavity Award. It won the Last Laugh Award at Crimefest 2017.
Spook Street – described by the Irish Times as ‘a modern masterpiece’ – won the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2017, and was included in best of the year lists by the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Irish Times, the Mail on Sunday, the Financial Timesand the Seattle Times. It won the Last Laugh Award at Crimefest 2018 and has been shortlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year.
The fifth Jackson Lamb novel, London Rules, was shortlisted for both the Gold and Steel Daggers and has been longlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year. It has also been shortlisted for the Barry and Last Laugh Awards.
Mick’s latest novel is Joe Country, published in June 2019. Mick was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, and lives in Oxford. He writes full time. Website
‘As a master of wit, satire, insight and that very English trick of disguising heartfelt writing as detached irony before launching a surprise assault on the reader’s emotions, he is difficult to overpraise’ – Telegraph