David Peace

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David Peace is the award-winning author of the Red Riding Quartet and The Damned Utd. The Red Riding Quartet (Nineteen Seventy Four, Nineteen Seventy Seven, Nineteen Eighty and Nineteen Eighty Three) grew from this obsession with the dark side of Yorkshire. These are powerful novels of crime and police corruption, using the Yorkshire Ripper as their basis and inspiration. The Quartet was adapted into a three-part serial for Channel 4, Red Riding.

In 2003 David Peace was named by Granta magazine as one of twenty ‘Best of Young British Novelists’. His novel, GB84, set amid the 1984 miners’ strike, was published in 2005 and won the James Tait Black Memorial Award. The Damned Utd (2006), recreates Brian Clough’s time at Leeds United Football Club, and was made into a film starring Martin Sheen, released in 2009. Red Or Dead, another novel about football management, this time Bill Shankly and Liverpool Football Club, appeared in 2013. 

Tokyo Year Zero, the first part of his acclaimed Tokyo Trilogy, was published in 2007, and the second part, Occupied City, in 2009. Tokyo Redux is his latest novel. 

‘[A] powerful, overwhelming novel, in which genre excitement steadily gives way to the uncannier frisson of being plugged into a current of secret knowledge.’

— Anthony Cummins, Guardian on Tokyo Redux

‘This is hard-hitting, hypnotic, committed storytelling from a master craftsman. His words flow through a maze the reader will never want to leave. And in this case never will.’

— John King on Tokyo Redux

‘A masterpiece and a classic . . . it speaks it speaks so much to the world as it is now.’

—  Anna Sherman on Tokyo Redux

‘Peace does everything he can in his novels to upset conventions, eschewing linear narrative and obvious heroes and villains, in favour of formal daring, linguistic innovation and multidimensional characters.’

— Garan Holcolmbe

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