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The dark(ly comic) side of MI5

Mick Herron has brought his own unique style to the spy genre. His books are set in Slough House, a dumping ground for spies who've messed up. The leader of the pack is Jackson Lamb, a foul-mouthed, apparently washed-up old Moscow hand who turns out to be far handier than he first appears. And hilariously offensive. The books have now been turned into a TV series starring Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas.

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Four Great Thrillers

We all enjoy a good thriller. The team at Profile have picked out 4 of the best for you to read.

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Baillie Gifford Prize - all six shortlisted books

It’s the richest non-fiction literary prize in the UK: £50k to the winning author, as well as the bragging rights, naturally. The Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction (which was previously known as the Samuel Johnson Prize) has announced its shortlist of six titles

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Meet Alan McDermott

Alan McDermott, creator of the Tom Gray and Eva Driscoll books, speaks to Profile about writing action thrillers.

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