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A half-Chinese, half-Scottish Londoner, Asia studied Anthropology at Durham University, after which she started a career in television. She presented and produced lifestyle programmes in Shanghai before moving back to London, where she worked for Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman as Project Manager on their round the world motorbike documentaries. She started writing Killing It on maternity leave and undertook a Faber Academy course to help her finish it. Asia lives in London with her husband, four young children and two dogs. Killing It was her debut novel.
Lex Tyler is trying to have it all, but being a working mother is so much more difficult when you're a secret agent for an underground branch of the security services. Platform Eight have been tasked with tracking down and eliminating the traitor in MI6 who has been selling information to the highest bidder through a headhunting website for the criminal underworld that connects intelligence operatives with all manner of bad people with a simple right swipe. Deals get made. Secrets get sold. Missions fail. Agents die. It's down to Lex and her team to identify and eliminate the traitor before they assassinate China's Minister of Commerce and ruin relations between the UK and China forever. But when your husband doesn't know exactly what your job entails and the future of the intelligence services rests on your shoulders, can one working mother save the day? This is one mission that Lex cannot afford to fail.
Oh, how I thoroughly enjoyed this feisty, entertaining, full-on read. Working mum Alexis returns to the office after maternity leave. She’s one of only a few women agents at Platform Eight, an especially secret part of Her Majesty’s Secret Service. She now has to prove she can fit motherhood around the male dominated world of being a spy. Alexis stamps her personality all over the prologue, convincingly setting the scene. She tells her own story in a fast, tongue-in-cheek, bright tone, and I immediately warmed to her. Firmly on side and by her side as she races through her first operation I smirked and chortled as I read. Asia Mackay balances the theme of working mum with spy just perfectly, and I didn’t question it once. Killing It is uniquely fabulous and full of attitude, The Nursery is next in what will hopefully continue as a series, and just can’t come soon enough.
'An annoyingly brilliant and funny first novel' HUGH GRANT'I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!! It's so new and different and refreshing' MARIAN KEYES'I loved it. Really entertaining, good fun and captures the mum juggle/guilt perfectly. Would love to go out for a drink with Lex' THE UNMUMSY MUM'Mackay's debut is fresh and fun, and adroitly combines social and parenting comedy with detail-rich derring-do' THE SUNDAY TIMES'A slick plot, pin-sharp prose and an authentic feel' SUNDAY MIRRORAS DISCUSSED ON THE SARA COX SHOWEvery working mum has had to face it.The guilt-fuelled, anxiety-filled first day back in the office after maternity leave.But this working mum is one of a kind.Meet Alexis Tyler.An elite covert agent within Her Majesty's Secret Service.Her first project back is a high-stakes hit of global significance and the old boys network of government espionage is far from ready for the return of an operational mother. But woe betide anyone who ever tells Alexis Tyler 'you can't'.She will have it all. Or she'll die trying . . .And yes, she damn well will be home for bath time.Perfect for fans of WHY MUMMY SWEARS and THE COWS.Praise for Killing It:'Witty . . . fun . . . clever. BRILLIANT!' Sophie Ellis-Bextor'Funny, observant and proper adrenaline inducing thrills, I now solely aspire to be even half the woman Lex Tyler is. A bad ass with a baby: every mother's dream' Georgia Tennant'What new mother can't relate to murder? This is the funny and thrilling story of how one woman does what all women do all the time - manage every single thing - and throws in a bit of efficient killing. Brilliant, wish I'd done more of that . . .' Arabella Weir'A riotously fun read . . . Asia Mackay puts the sass in assassin' L S Hilton