John Murray snaps up Herron's Slough House series

John Murray snaps up Herron's Slough House series

Mark Richards, editorial director at John Murray, has bought the rights to Real Tigers, the third book in the award-winning Slough House series by Mick Herron.

John Murray will publish Real Tigers in hardback in February 2016 and will republish the first two books in the Slough House series in paperback on 10th October 2015.

Richards bought UK Commonwealth rights for two backlist titles, as well as Real Tigers and an untitled fourth book in the series, from Soho Press in the US.

Herron's first Slough House novel was nominated for the Steel-Dagger prize. The second Slough House novel, Dead Lions, won the 2013 CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger, and was picked by the Sunday Times as one of the best twenty-five crime novels of the past five years. 

The Slough House series has been optioned for TV, after an auction, by See Saw Films, the production company behind The King’s Speech, Top of the Lake, Macbeth and the forthcoming Love, Nina.

Real Tigers finds Slough House’s disgraced spies pushed into the midst of a conspiracy, after a fallen spy is kidnapped by a former soldier bent on revenge, threatening not only the future of Slough House, but of MI5 itself.

“We at John Murray are thrilled to be publishing Mick Herron’s new Slough House novel, Real Tigers, and republishing the first two in the series,” said Richards. “The novels are stylish, satirical, engrossing, intelligent and thrilling, and the characters brilliantly-drawn. The series has rightly been the darling of critics and CWA prize juries, and we look forward to translating that enthusiasm into a much greater readership.”