Spy Author Interview – Matthew Richardson talks spy books with Tim Shipman. (166)

London Station has fizzed into action, Sunday Times journalist and Spybrary contributor Tim Shipman chats with spy author Matthew Richardson. They discuss Matthew's spy novels, his writing style, his literary influences plus they pay tribute to the new generation of spy writers. 

And much more!!

More about spy writer Matthew Richardson

Matthew Richardson graduated with a First in English from Durham University, where he was a Vice-Chancellor’s academic scholar and edited the student newspaper Palatinate. He then went on to postgraduate research at Merton College, Oxford, specialising in intellectual history.

After a brief spell as a freelance journalist, Matthew began working as a speechwriter and researcher in Westminster while also starting work on his debut novel. At the age of 24, he was signed by Penguin in a six-figure pre-empt deal. My Name is Nobody was published in the UK and around the world in 2017. His second novel, The Insider was published in November 2021.

As a screenwriter, Matthew has worked with companies including Hartswood Films, The Forge, Tall Story Pictures, Cornelia Street Productions, Playground Entertainment, Firebird Pictures, Alchemy Entertainment and Silverprint Pictures.

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  1. Stephen Bethell

    I’m a Brit living in Russia which adds Some exhilaration to spy novels . I’ve recently subscribed and very much enjoyed My name is nobody and I’m about to start The insider . Three cheers for kindle as without it I’d be spyless .

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