nudge List Feb 2016: London’s Burning: Ten Days by Gillian Slovo

Competition published on February 26, 2016.

There are few writers better-equipped to tell this difficult story than Gillian Slovo. A lifetime political activist, she is the author of thirteen books, including five crime novels, the courtroom drama Red Dust, which was made into a feature film starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and the Orange Prize-shortlisted Ice Road. She co-authored the play Guantanamo – Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, which was staged internationally. Her track record for delivering powerful writing allied to strong political commitment is second to none and this new novel is one to savour.

Gillian Slovo (c) Jonny RingResearching for her play, The Riots, Slovo interviewed many of those involved in the London riots – from rioters to residents, police and politicians – giving her a unique insider’s view into how a riot can build and its consequences. Based on this research, Ten Days reaffirms Slovo’s reputation as a major writer of thrilling contemporary commercial fiction. Rarely is deep sociological insight delivered with such narrative urgency and as Val McDermid has said, Gillian Slovo really has “written a cracker.”

4 a.m. and Cathy Mason is watching dawn break over the Lovelace estate. By the end of the day, her community will be a crime scene. By the end of the week, her city will be on fire.

In this gripping thriller, a death at police hands has repercussions far beyond one family plunged into grief . . . As violence erupts in the middle of a stifling heatwave, the dead man becomes a useful tactic (or an urgent threat) in political games at the highest level. So while lives are at risk in Cathy Mason’s estate, across London in Westminster, careers are being made, or ruined.

From a Home Secretary’s attempts to unseat a Prime Minister, to a new Met Police Commissioner fighting for his job, to families torn apart: in Ten Days, Gillian Slovo shows what happens when politics, policing and the hard realities of living in London explosively collide.

Bert Wright, Editor – The Nudge List
Gillian Slovo (c) Jonny Ring

Ten Days by Gillian Slovo is published by Canongate as a £14.99 HBK on 3rd March.

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