Jon Stock

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Jon Stock
Born (1966-05-12) 12 May 1966 (age 48)
Occupation Author and Columnist
Nationality British
Genre Spy thriller

Jon Stock (born 12 May 1966 in England) is a British author and journalist. He was educated at Sherborne School in Dorset and at Magdalene College, Cambridge, England. He lives in Wiltshire with his wife and three children.[1] He has three brothers one of whom is Andrew Stock former president[2][3] of the Society of Wildlife Artists.


Stock is a full-time author and journalist. He was the editor of the Weekend section of the Daily Telegraph in the UK from 2005 till 2010.[4] He left the paper in January 2010 to complete a trilogy of spy thrillers and returned in March 2013 to edit the paper's online books channel, before rejoining the staff as Weekend editor in June 2014.[4] Additionally he was a columnist for The Week magazine[4] in India contributing to their column called The Last Word from 1996 till 2012.[5] He previously worked in New Delhi, India for a period of two years, as a foreign correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, and has also lived in Cochin, Kerala.[1]


He has written five books,[6] all of them spy novels. The Riot Act (1997), published by Serpent's Tail, The Cardamom Club (2003), published by Blackamber (now part of Arcadia Books),[1] The Cardamom Club was published in India (2004) by Penguin Books, Dead Spy Running (2009) published by Blue Door was the first in the Legoland trilogy.[7] The fourth book Games Traitors Play was published by Blue Door on 3 March 2011 was the second in the trilogy.[6] His fifth book Dirty Little Secret (2012) published by Blue Door on 1 July 2012, was the concluding book in the Legoland trilogy.[4][7]

The Riot Act was short-listed by the Crime Writers' Association for its best first novel award.[1] It has been published in France by Éditions Gallimard as Lutte Des Casses (2002)[8] as part of its acclaimed Série Noire[9] imprint.

Legoland trilogy[edit]

Stock signed a three book deal in July 2008, with Blue Door, a new HarperCollins imprint,[10] for "a good six-figure sum", according to The Bookseller[11](15/7/08). The spy novel series all starring MI6 officer Daniel Marchant commenced with Dead Spy Running which was published in 7 January 2010.[11][12] The second in the series was Games Traitors Play which was published on 29 September 2011.[6][13] The last in the series Dirty Little Secret was released on 5 July 2012.[14]

While researching for Dirty Little Secret he came across the Seraj an Iranian fast attack craft based on the high performance British speedboat, the Bradstone Challenger.[15] Stock wrote a detailed article in the Daily Telegraph,[16] on how the Iranians plan to use it as a fast attack boat against the United States Navy in any future conflict in the Strait of Hormuz.[16]

Movie deal[edit]

Warner Bros. acquired the movie rights to the Dead Spy Running franchise in October 2008 to make the first of a proposed three movie franchise,[17] they signed on Charlie's Angels director McG[17] to direct the movie along with Stephen Gaghan to write the screen play.[18] It was initially reported that after the shooting of McG's last movie Terminator Salvation,[19] he would be taking up the shooting of the remake Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,[20] but with the cancelling of this movie by Disney[20] it had appeared that Dead Spy Running was the next movie to be taken up. In March 2012 it was reported that Jonathan Levine was in talks with Warner Bros to direct Dead Spy Running,[21][22] but in September 2012 Warner Brothers announced that they had hired Adam Wingard to direct, and Simon Barrett to rewrite the screenplay of Dead Spy Running.[23] Wingard and Barrett have worked together on indie horror movies, including You're Next, V/H/S and A Horrible Way to Die.[23] In 2014, McG has bought the movie rights with his own company, Wonderland Sound and Vision, and the film is currently in development.[24][25]


  1. ^ a b c d "Jon Stock". Arcadia Books. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  2. ^ ANDREW STOCK Mall Galleries Retrieved 24 September 2012
  3. ^ "Kaladhungi to St Kilda – 2004". Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Jon Stock". gamestraitorsplay.coms. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  5. ^ "Daddy with mates". The Week. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  6. ^ a b c "Games Traitors Play". Harper Collins. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  7. ^ a b Legoland Trilogy 18 November 2014
  8. ^ "Jon Stock". Éditions Gallimard. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  9. ^ "Collection SÉRIE NOIRE [page 74]". Éditions Gallimard. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  10. ^ "The Blue Door Opens". HarperCollins. Archived from the original on 1 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  11. ^ a b "Janson-Smith opens Blue Door". The Book Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  12. ^ "Dead Spy Running" Telegraph Bookshop Retrieved 19 04 2012
  13. ^ "Games Traitors Play" Telegraph Bookshop Retrieved 19 04 2012
  14. ^ "Dirty Little Secret" Telegraph Bookshop Retrieved 19 April 2012
  15. ^ Iran's new super-fast naval gunships CNN Security Clearance – Blogs Retrieved 15 September 2012
  16. ^ a b Little boat, big danger: how a British-made speedboat has become a weapon in Iran's standoff with the US The Telegraph Retrieved 15 September 2012
  17. ^ a b "Director McG is "Spy" guy for action franchise". Reuters. 23 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  18. ^ "Stephen Gaghan Adapting Dead Spy Running". 19 February 2009. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  19. ^ "McG Planning to Reinvent the Spy Genre with Dead Spy Running". First Showing. 23 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  20. ^ a b Fleming, Michael (16 November 2009). "Disney docks '20,000 Leagues' pic". Variety. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  21. ^ "Jonathan Levine in Talks to Run With 'Dead Spy Running'". I Am 13 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  22. ^ "Jonathan Levine in Talks to Run With 'Dead Spy Running'". Dark Horizon. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  23. ^ a b Warner Bros Sets Director Adam Wingard And Scribe Simon Barrett For ‘Dead Spy Running’ Deadline New York Retrieved 15 September 2012
  24. ^ McG’s Wonderland Now A Monied Company Deadline Hollywood
  25. ^ McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision Gets a Little “Fractured” The Tracking Board 18 November 2014

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