Author Archives: Gavin Knight

Swordfish & Star out in paperback

The Penwith Peninsula in Cornwall is where the land ends. In The Swordfish and the Star Gavin Knight takes us into this huddle of grey roofs at the edge of the sea at the beginning of the twenty-first century. He … Continue reading

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The Browser Five Books interview

The Browser’s Five Books has long been one of my favourite sites on the web; so it was a real thrill to be interviewed on “inner-city crime” I chose David Simon’s The Corner, Richard Price’s Lush Life, Roberto Saviano’s Gomorrah, … Continue reading

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Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Award 2012

Hood Rat was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Non-fiction Dagger Award 2012. It was announced at Crimefest in Bristol, in the company of writers like Lee Child and Peter James. Judges said: ‘This is a fine piece of investigative … Continue reading

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Film version of Hood Rat

Film4 and Cowboy Films have bought an option on the film and television rights of Hood Rat, for the second year running with the aim of making it into a feature film. Film4 develop and co-finance a slate of smart … Continue reading

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Orwell Prize 2012

In April Hood Rat was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2012, the most prestigious award for political writing in the UK. Telegraph assistant books editor Sameer Rahim described it as “a tremendous book, written with unobtrusive intelligence, vividness and clarity. … Continue reading

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German Version of Hood Rat

The cover of the German version of Hood Rat is this stunning image. It will be published by Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH and first copies will be out in January 2012. 

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There’s a Riot Going On

On December 1st I spoke at Central St. Martins’ new building in Kings Cross about the August riots; the other speakers were Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore, visiting lecturer, Ken Hollings. Journalist David Matthews was in the chair. Here is a … Continue reading

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New Journalism

Over 100 hours of digital tape went into the interviews I carried out for Hood Rat.  The transcribing alone was time-consuming. The accounts of events and reported speech were written up in a fictional style, using the present tense.  This technique … Continue reading

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Stoke Newington Literary Festival

The upper room the White Hart pub was full, with standing at the back for the event at Stoke Newington Literary Festival.  Joe Duggan, the brilliant Irish poet, kicked off with poems from West Belfast, describing how it felt to … Continue reading

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