The inside story of the miners’ strike? Give me Peace!

Miners' Strike

Miners' Strike

I’ll be glued to the box tonight to watch the first instalment of  Red Riding on Channel 4.

It’s a good few years since I first stumbled on the work of David Peace, starting with 1974, the tilted, erratic, autistically repetitive and nosebleed inducing first volume in his Red Riding Quartet.

A dizzying, disjointed and difficult read I was, nontheless, compelled by its originality. A fan of crime fiction, it seemed the UK suddenly had a writer of similar style and stature as James Ellroy.

Dysfunctional, gritty and pivoting on scarily believable characters who were corrupt, venal, unhinged or deranged. And all superheated with a literary blowtorch to weld and shape them round the story of the Yorkshire ripper murders.

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