THE SWORDFISH & THE STAR was voted Book of the Year by the Financial Times and Esquire. It received critical acclaim: Patrick Gale in the Guardian described it as “extraordinarily evocative”. The Literary Review said it was “Exhilirating”. Paul Theroux called it “marvellous and humane”. The film tv rights were bought by Raw TV. Based on immersive research and rich with the voices of a cast of remarkable characters, it is an eye-opening, dramatic, poignant account of life on Britain’s most dangerous stretch of coast. It tells the stories of the last frontiersmen, Cornish fishermen – dreamers and fighters who every day prepare for battle with the vast grey Atlantic. Cornwall and its seas are brought to life, mixing drinking and drugs and sea spray, moonlit beaches and shattering storms, myth and urban myth.
Gavin is currently writing the TV pilot for his first book, HOOD RAT for Cuba Pictures. HOOD RAT was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing, and the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Award. The Orwell Prize judges described it as : “a tremendous book, written with unobtrusive intelligence, vividness and clarity. It was the best writing we came across to illuminate some of the issues thrown up by the riots of summer 2011.”
HOOD RAT, a non-fiction investigative, immersive account of inner city crime in three cities was published just a month before the inner city riots (which cost half a billion pounds) erupted across England in the summer of 2011. This created enormous media interest in HOOD RAT and Gavin’s findings as people sought to understand the violence simmering in our inner cities. Gavin Knight, the author, was deluged with interviews from Japanese to Brazilian TV, appearing on the One Show, Jeremy Vine and national news. He wrote widely on the riots in The Times, Guardian, Telegraph, Newsweek, New Statesman and other publications.
HOOD RAT was published by Picador in July 2011. The Glasgow section was Book of The Week on BBC Radio Four in the last week in July.
Cuba Pictures are developing HOOD RAT into a TV crime drama series with Gavin writing the pilot. Cuba produced Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and the much anticipated international crime series McMafia (with James Norton) and 3 part crime thriller Paula (with Denise McGough).