Gavin Knight is a journalist who has written for The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Prospect, Newsweek, New Statesman, Esquire, Monocle and many other publications. He has also appeared on CNN, ITN, BBC, Channel Four news and Sky News.
His non-fiction book “The Swordfish and The Star” was voted Book of the Year by the Financial Times and Esquire. Patrick Gale in The Guardian called it “extraordinarily evocative” and Paul Theroux said it was “Marvellous and humane”. It is being developed as a TV series by Raw TV. Gavin is currently writing the TV pilot of his first non-fiction book Hood Rat for Cuba Pictures (McMafia, Paula, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell). Over the two years prior to the publication of HOOD RAT he was regularly embedded with frontline police units in London, Manchester and Glasgow as well as spending time with dozens of violent criminals involved in gun and gang crime. He accompanied detectives on a manhunt, firearms and drugs raids and was embedded with a CID unit over a lengthy drug surveillance operation. To source the powerful human stories at the centre of HOOD RAT, he spent time with criminals, inmates, gang members, heroin addicts, social workers, youth workers, charities, trauma surgeons, victims of violent crime and their families.
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