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Set in a shadowy world of dubious morality and political treachery, A Dying Breed is a gripping novel about journalism in a time of war, about the struggle to tell the stories that need to be told - even if it is much easier not to. Kabul, Afghanistan. In a brilliantly plotted contemporary thriller with echoes of Graham Greene and John le Carre, William Carver, a veteran but unpredictable BBC hack, is thrown into the unknown when a bomb goes off killing a local official. Warned off the story from every direction, Carver won't give in until he finds the truth.

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A Dying Breed by Peter Hanington

Patrick, a young producer, is sent out on his first foreign assignment to control the wayward Carver, but as the story unravels it looks like the real story lies between the shadowy corridors of the BBC, the perilous streets of Kabul and the dark chambers of Whitehall. Set in a shadowy world of dubious morality and political treachery, A Dying Breed is a gripping novel about journalism in a time of war, about the struggle to tell the stories that need to be told - even if it is much easier not to.


'Thoughtful, atmospheric and grippingly plotted' Guardian

'A former stalwart on the Today programme, Hanington is as good on BBC politics as he is on the UK's ambiguous role east of Suez, and excels, too, at character portraits of figures such as the British ambassador. There are nods to John le Carre, but his impressive debut is its own thing, with three radio men (including the Radio 4 breakfast show's dissolute editor) at its centre, not spooks or civil servants' The Sunday Times (Thriller of the Month)

'It is a pleasure to welcome A Dying Breed, an impressive debut by Peter Hanington, with many years on Radio 4's Today programme behind him. The multilayered plot, set in Afghanistan and BBC headquarters, moves excitingly and entertainingly but also raises serious current issues about dodgy political and commercial interference with the search for truth by journalists...The subplots and secondary characters are admirable. Hanington has true talent' The Times

'Graham Greene-lite but rings true, like an episode of Homeland spiked with a bit of Spooks' Esquire

'A powerful and compelling story. His characters are vivid and interestingly unpredictable... These are real people in real places and it is impossible not to become too deeply involved in a plot that is intriguing without becoming over-complicated, and which builds to a gripping climax' Country Life

About the Author

Peter Hanington has worked for BBC Radio 4's Today Programme for fourteen years and throughout the Iraqi and Afghanistan conflicts. He initiated and ran the special guest editor programmes and has also worked on various special projects including collaborations with the Manchester International Festival and Glastonbury. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

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Publication date

26th January 2017


Peter Hanington

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Two Roads an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


432 pages


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Thriller / Suspense
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