Friday, 29 July 2016

'The Knives' is nigh

Five or so years in the making, my third novel is finally out next Thursday. I'm due to have a piece in tomorrow's Guardian Review about politics and fiction, and after that we will see what kind of coverage may come.... 
In the meantime this pre-publication response to the novel from Alastair Campbell is one I wear with pride:
'A gripping read from start to finish. A rich, multi-layered account of the complexities of modern government where personal, political and cultural realities mean simple choices are hard to come by.'

For sure I will be at the Edinburgh Book Festival on August 17 for an event with Mark Lawson chaired by none other than Val McDermid, and I will be on BBC Radio 4's Open Book to discuss some of the issues around The Knives on August 21. A podcast I'm doing with the estimable Prospect magazine will also be available from the 21st. Next week there will be an extract from the book and a prize giveaway on the Mr. Hyde website, plus a blog post by me on Foyles' site. 
All this and more once The Knives are out, as they say...

1 comment:

Jeff said...

Dear Richard Kelly:

I read with interest your piece in the _Guardian_ on politics in novels. At the risk of sounding like a self-promoter, I'd like to suggest for consideration my own work of fiction, _Verbatim: A Novel_ (Enfield & Wizenty, 2010). It does not go from the poor or prisoner to the powerful; what it does is show, through debates and correspondence, how legislators and legislatures work in Canada under the parliamentary system. It is focused on the daily work of politicians -- in what is called the people's House -- as representatives of the people, and no better or worse (a point that you make) than those who chose them.

Cordially yours,
Jeff Bursey