Books of the Year

Having never before had one of my books appear on a Book of the Year round-up, ever, not even close as far as I can tell, like the proverbial bus three have come along at once. I am stunned, happy and hugely grateful to say that M is one of the Books of the Year in The Times, The Sunday Times and the Daily Mail. Thanks to Robbie Millen, Helen Davies and John Preston for choosing it.

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M Book Tour!

Some talks I’ll be giving in the months ahead:

20 April – Edinburgh Spy Week

4 May – Camberley Natural History Society

6 May – Clapham Omnibus

8 May – M Book Launch

11 May – Borzoi Bookshop

12 May – Swindon Festival of Literature

24 May – Sohemian Society

25 May – Hungerford Bookshop

1 June – Heffers Bookshop

5 June – Village Books, Dulwich

12 June – The Society Club

13 June – Ealing Local History Centre

14 June – Surrey Heath Local History Club

20 June – Kibworth Bookshop

26 June – Reform Club

29 June – Chalke Valley History Festival

1 July – Felixstowe Literary Festival

2 July – Buckingham Literary Festival

11 July – British Library

24 July – Special Forces Club

9 August – Waterstones Gower Street

22 August – Evesham Festival of Books

13 September – Chiswick Book Festival

15 September – Gloucester History Festival

27 September – Royal United Services Institute

13 October – Frinton Literary Festival

15 October – Thame Arts & Literature Festival

17 October – Authors Club

6 November – Bridport Literary Festival  SOLD OUT

6 November – Richmond Literature Festival SOLD OUT

22 November – Folkestone Bookfest

14 February 2018 – Guildford Institute SOLD OUT

21 February 2018 – Dulwich & District U3A

1 March 2018 – Sevenoaks Bookshop

10 March 2018 – Essex Book Festival

18 March 2018 – Aye Write!

10 May 2018 – Chipping Campden Literature Festival

12 May 2018 – Clapham Book Fair

19 May 2018 – The Bath Festival

3 June 2018 – Stoke Newington Literary Festival

23 June 2018 – Portsmouth Festivities

July 2018 – Wimpole History Festival

16 October 2018 – Oxted & District History Society

More soon…

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Subversion on the BBC

This two-part series by Gordon Corera, on the history of political subversion by the Russians, and against the Russians, is fascinating.

Well worth a listen:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08l1y2g/episodes/guide

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Agent M Review

Here’s the first review – at least I think it’s the first – of Agent M, which appeared last week in Kirkus Reviews.

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M on TV

I’m so pleased to be able to announce this. The brilliant Matt Charman (Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Bridge of Spies) has been lined up to write a TV adaptation of my forthcoming book, M: Maxwell Knight, MI5’s Greatest Spymaster, to be produced by Mammoth Screen (Poldark, Victoria, Witness for the Prosecution, NW etc.).

But don’t take my word for it.

Here’s the story as it was written up in the Hollywood trade mag Deadline, and in the Daily Telegraph.

But who should play M?

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