Jon Stock

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Jon Stock
Jon Stock
Jon Stock
Born (1966-05-12) 12 May 1966 (age 52)
Occupation Author and columnist
Nationality British
Genre Spy thriller

Jon Stock (born 12 May 1966 in England) is a British author and journalist.

Early life and family[edit]

Stock 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] He left the paper in October 2015 to pursue his writing career.

Additionally he was a columnist for The Week magazine[4] in India, contributing to their column "The Last Word" from 1996 until 2012.[5] He previously worked in Delhi, India, for a period of two years, as a foreign correspondent for The Daily Telegraph, and has also lived in Cochin, Kerala.[1]


Stock has written eight books,[6][7][8] six of them spy novels. The Riot Act (1997) was published by Serpent's Tail, The Cardamom Club (2003) was published by Blackamber (now part of Arcadia Books),[1] and in India (2004) by Penguin Books, Dead Spy Running (2009, published by Blue Door) was the first in the Legoland trilogy.[9] The fourth book, Games Traitors Play (published by Blue Door on 3 March 2011), was the second in the trilogy.[6] His fifth book Dirty Little Secret (Blue Door, 1 July 2012) was the concluding book in the Legoland trilogy.[4][9]

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)[10] as part of its acclaimed Série Noire[11] imprint.

Legoland trilogy[edit]

Stock signed a three-book deal in July 2008 with Blue Door, a new HarperCollins imprint,[12] for "a good six-figure sum", according to The Bookseller[13](15 July 2008). The spy novel series, all starring MI6 officer Daniel Marchant, commenced with Dead Spy Running, which was published on 7 January 2010.[13][14] The second in the series was Games Traitors Play, published on 29 September 2011.[6][15] The last in the series, Dirty Little Secret, was released on 5 July 2012.[16]

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.[17] Stock wrote a detailed article in the Daily Telegraph,[18] 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.[18]

Find Me[edit]

Stock's sixth novel, Find Me, was published by Head of Zeus under the pen name J. S. Monroe[19][20] in the UK in February 2017,[21] and by Harlequin MIRA in the US in March 2017.[22] Find Me is a 'high concept' psychological thriller featuring Jar, a young Irish writer, who is convinced that his girlfriend, who committed suicide five years ago at university, might still be alive.[19] Publishers Marketplace has mentioned Find Me as having "notes of Harlan Coben's Tell No One and Ian McEwan's Sweet Tooth".[23] Find Me has been translated into 14 languages till now.[24][25][8]

To Snare a Spy[edit]

To Snare a Spy is Stock's seventh novel, published 20 April 2017 by The Nare Hotel Co Ltd, Cornwall, UK.[26] It is a spy thriller featuring protagonist Noah, a teenager who learns of a Russian mole in the British government.[27]

Forget My Name[edit]

Stock's eighth novel, Forget My Name, will be published by Head of Zeus under the pen name J. S. Monroe on 4 October 2018.[8] This book is about a woman who loses her memory, and only remembers her home address, and has lost all her ids after her bag is stolen.[28]

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.[29] They signed on Charlie's Angels director McG[29] to direct the movie along with Stephen Gaghan to write the screen play.[30] It was initially reported that after the shooting of McG's last movie Terminator Salvation,[31] he would be taking up the shooting of the remake Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,[32] but with the cancelling of this movie by Disney[32] 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,[33][34] 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.[35] Wingard and Barrett have worked together on indie horror movies, including You're Next, V/H/S and A Horrible Way to Die.[35] In 2014, McG has bought the movie rights with his own company, Wonderland Sound and Vision, and the film is currently in development.[36][37]


  1. ^ a b c d "Jon Stock". Arcadia Books. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  2. ^ ANDREW STOCK Mall Galleries. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Kaladhungi to St Kilda – 2004". Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Jon Stock". gamestraitorsplay.coms. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Daddy with mates". The Week. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "Games Traitors Play". Harper Collins. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  7. ^ J.S. Monroe
  8. ^ a b c Jon Stock 8 August 2018
  9. ^ a b Legoland Trilogy, 18 November 2014.
  10. ^ "Jon Stock". Éditions Gallimard. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  11. ^ "Collection SÉRIE NOIRE [p. 74]". Éditions Gallimard. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  12. ^ "The Blue Door Opens". HarperCollins. Archived from the original on 1 August 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2008. 
  13. ^ a b "Janson-Smith opens Blue Door". The Bookseller. Archived from the original on 2 August 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2008. 
  14. ^ "Dead Spy Running", Telegraph Bookshop.
  15. ^ "Games Traitors Play", Telegraph Bookshop.
  16. ^ "Dirty Little Secret", Telegraph Bookshop.
  17. ^ "Iran's new super-fast naval gunships", CNN Security Clearance – Blogs, 24 August 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  18. ^ a b Jon Stock, "Little boat, big danger: how a British-made speedboat has become a weapon in Iran's standoff with the US", The Telegraph, 20 August 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  19. ^ a b "'Sensational' thriller to HoZ". The Bookseller. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  20. ^ "Authors". Janklow and Nesbit. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  21. ^ "Find Me". Head of Zeus. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  22. ^ "London Book Fair Briefcase 2016". Book Brunch. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  23. ^ "Publishers Marketplace - Publishers Lunch". Fresh Picked Deals. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  24. ^ J.S. Monroe 31 October 2017
  25. ^ "NEVER FORGET J. S. Monroe page 19" (PDF). Bardon Chinese Media Agency. Retrieved 31 October 2017. 
  26. ^ To Snare a Spy 25 April 2017
  27. ^ The country house hotel by the sea... The Nare 25 April 2017
  28. ^ Forget My Name 8 August 2018
  29. ^ a b Borys Kit (23 October 2008). "Director McG is 'Spy' guy for action franchise". Reuters. Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  30. ^ "Stephen Gaghan Adapting Dead Spy Running". 19 February 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  31. ^ Alex Billington (23 October 2008). "McG Planning to Reinvent the Spy Genre with Dead Spy Running". First Showing. Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  32. ^ a b Fleming, Michael (16 November 2009). "Disney docks '20,000 Leagues' pic". Variety. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  33. ^ Garth Franklin (13 March 2012). "Jonathan Levine in Talks to Run With 'Dead Spy Running'". I Am Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  34. ^ "Jonathan Levine in Talks to Run With 'Dead Spy Running'". Dark Horizons. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  35. ^ a b Mike Fleming Jr, "Warner Bros Sets Director Adam Wingard And Scribe Simon Barrett For ‘Dead Spy Running’", Deadline, New York. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  36. ^ Nellie Andreeva and Mike Fleming Jr, "McG’s Wonderland Now A Monied Company", Deadline Hollywood, 25 June 2013.
  37. ^ "McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision Gets a Little 'Fractured'", The Tracking Board, 17 April 2014.

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