Slow Horses author Mick Herron turns on politicians in his new book Bad Actors | Culture

Imagine you are one of Britain’s leading thriller writers, whose books have become a critically acclaimed television series in which your main character is played by one of the world’s greatest screen actors. Then imagine having to tell him your next book is called Bad Actors. That was the awkward scenario confronting Mick Herron on the set of Slow Horses, Apple TV+’s spy drama. “I was talking to Gary Oldman about it and he roared with laughter, which was a huge relief.”

Oldman plays the fearsomely flatulent Jackson Lamb, boss of a group of failed spies exiled from MI5’s main building to a sordid backwater near the Barbican known as Slough House. The author’s army of fans — “Herron addicts” — have embraced

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