Rank #1: 32: John Le Carre and the Cold War with Toby Manning
Toby Manning recently published his work which critically examines John Le Carre and the Cold War. Toby joins Shane Whaley on the Spybrary Spy Podcast to tell us more. T
Rank #2: An Evening with John Le Carre -Field Report
John Le Carre gave a rousing talk and answered questions at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Spybrary Podcast was there and we bring you this first ever field report.
Rank #3: Best Spy Books of 2018 (65)
On today's Spybrary Spy Podcast, Spybrarian Jason King joins host Shane Whaley to share with us his 5 favourite spy books published in 2018! He reveals why any respectable spy fan should be reading these 5 choices from 2018.
Rank #4: 46: Jeremy Duns Re-investigates Oleg Penkovsky
Pour the whiskey, get cozy, and buckle up for an eye-opening, mind-blowing look at Oleg Penkovsky, the KGB Colonel-turned-double-agent. Author Jeremy Duns, taking break from writing fiction, has penned a reinvestigation of the Penkovsky Operation, titled Dead Drop in the UK and Code Name: Hero in the US.
Rank #5: Legacy of Spies -John Le Carre
Today’s podcast is a round table episode, Spybrary Host Shane Whaley is joined by Double O Sections’ Matthew Bradford and Spywrite’s Jeff Quest, two of the biggest Le Carre fans I know, they will give us their views on A Legacy of Spies. We have all been salivating over this one ever since the news was released that George Smiley and the Circus were back.
Rank #6: George Smiley and Call for the Dead
On Episode 006 of the Spybrary Podcast we deep dive into the debut novel of John Le Carre, 1961’s Call for the Dead and the first novel that features the spy legend George Smiley.
Rank #7: The Best Spy Movies of all time! (64)
According to Spybrary Podcast listeners that is. On this episode of the Spybrary Spy Podcast Jeff Quest (Spywrite) reveals the top 10 spy movies as voted on by our Spybrary listeners. Jeff takes you through the top 10 in descending order, Shane and Jeff also talk about what is on their Christmas wish list as well as what new books they intend to read over the holiday period.
Rank #8: 47 - Forever and a Day -Round Table
Forever and a Day review by the Spybrary Podcast. Listen to our round table of Bond fans who give you their review of the latest Anthony Horowitz 007 novel 007 is dead. Long live 007. The heavily anticipated James Bond prequel, “Forever and a Day” by Anthony Horowitz is finally out, and Shane has brought together two Bond super-fans to discuss it. If your copy hasn’t arrived yet, fear not! Sit back, relax, and enjoy a spoiler-free round table chat.
Rank #9: Becoming Bond – The George Lazenby Story
In this episode of Spybrary – we leave the world of spy books and review the made for Hulu ‘Becoming Bond’. Spybrary host Shane Whaley’s guest for this one is Spybrarian Matthew Kresal.
Rank #10: Spywrite’s Jeff Quest talks about his favorite Spy books
Jeff Quest shares with us his favorite spy books and talks about his love of collecting first editions. Jeff owns over 300 signed first edition spy novels! (We are going to go into more detail on collecting in a special episode of Spybrary in the future for you spy novel collectors.) Jeff takes us on his journey through spy books starting with those favorites from childhood
Rank #11: 44: Tom Colgan Picks out his 5 favourite spy books
Tom Colgan is our special guest on episode 44 of the Spybary Spy Podcast with Shane Whaley Tom is an Editorial Director of Berkley Books which is an imprint of Penguin Random House. Over a thirty year (actually 33 but who's counting?) publishing career he has worked with many authors including Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney and Janet Evanovich.
Rank #12: 56: Len Deighton's Berlin Game - Book Club
Spybrary listeners voted overwhelmingly for Berlin Game to be the first spy book to be discussed in our first ever book club Spybrary edition. Listen to an in-depth conversation on this spy classic with Spybrary host Shane Whaley, Deighton expert Rob Mallows and newcomer to Len Deighton's work but not the spy genre Peter Newman. WARNING - Please do not listen to the Berlin Game Book Club edition of Spybrary if you have not read the book.
Rank #13: Charlie Muffin by Brian Freemantle – Spybrary Round Table
Charlie Muffin is not your ordinary spy, in this first ever round table episode of the Spybrary Podcast, we deep dive into Brian Freemantle’s shall we say, rather unusual spy. On Episode 10 of Spybrary we move away from he familiar works of Le Carre, Deighton and Fleming to discuss the first Charlie Muffin written by Brian Freemantle.
Rank #14: From Modesty Blaise to Mick Herron on Dead Drop 5
Today’s guest is deep under cover, behind the wall embedded in Communist East Berlin, he has asked his SIS handler to leave him 5 of his favorite spy books in their dead drop location in the Friedrichshain park. David Craggs has been reading spy books for over 50 years, he is a frequent contributor to the excellent Literary007.com and today he is going to share with us which books he wants deposited in his DEAD DROP 5 and why! We deep dive into David's choices and get his take on the spy book landscape
Rank #15: 57: Jack Ryan Review (Season 1 Round Table)
On this episode we talk to 2 die hard Tom Clancy fans about the Jack Ryan Amazon TV series!
Rank #16: Collecting Spy Books – Jeff’s secrets declassified!
In this episode of the Spybrary Podcast, Jeff Quest from Spywrite returns to the show to reveal his top tips for collecting Spy Books.
Rank #17: Summer of Spies with the Telegraph’s Jake Kerridge
London is the place to be for us spy fans. On the heels of the announcement that John Le Carre will make a rare public appearance in September, Waterstones Gower Street unveil the Summer of Spies, a Classic Spy Fiction Club series of events, hosted by Jake Kerridge.
Rank #18: Jeremy Duns -Spy Reader Meet Spy Author
I straightened my Sony headphones, tapped the radio mic for levels, hit call on Skype and the nerves kicked in. It is not every day this spy fan gets to call an author who has earned such plaudits as ‘a treat for fans of traditional Len Deighton-style spy thrillers‘ or’ whose work ‘reminded me of the best of Le Carre, Deighton and Forsyth.’
Rank #19: 25: The Lebensborn Spy with Christopher McIntosh
On Episode 25 of the Spybrary Spy Podcast, host Shane Whaley talks to author Christopher McIntosh about his cold war spy thriller 'The Lebensborn Spy'
Rank #20: 50: Len Deighton/Bernard Samson Meetup - Berlin
Listen to a special message that Len Deighton has sent us on Episode 50 of the Spybrary Spy Podcast! Rob Mallows from the Deighton Dossier returns to the show to talk with Spybrary Spy Podcast host Shane Whaley. We talk through our schedule for the day walking in the footsteps of Bernard Samson from the classic spy novels written by Len Deighton. Join us in Berlin on August 4th.