The Knives

The Knives

by Richard Kelly


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As Home Secretary in Her Majesty's Government, David Blaylock's daily work involves the control of Britain's borders, the oversight of her police force, and the struggle against domestic terror threats. Some say the job is impossible; Blaylock insists he is tough enough. But around Westminster the gossip-mongers say his fiery temper is a liability.

An ex-soldier from a modest background, Blaylock has a life-story that the public respects. Privately, though, he carries pain and remorse - over some grievous things he saw in the army, and his estrangement from an ex-wife and three children for whom he still cares. A solitary figure in a high-pressure world, with no place to call home, Blaylock is never sure whom he can trust or whether his decisions are the right ones. Constantly in his mind is the danger of an attack on Britain's streets. But over the course of one fraught autumn Blaylock finds that danger moving menacingly closer to his own person.

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ISBN-13: 9780571296675
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 762,774
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x (d)

About the Author

Richard T Kelly is the author of the novels Crusaders (2008) and The Possessions of Doctor Forrest (2011).Eclipse, his first script for television, aired on the UK's Channel 4 in 2010. He has written several studies of filmmakers: Alan Clarke (1998), The Name of this Book is Dogme 95 (2000), and the authorized biography Sean Penn: His Life & Times (2004). In 2007 he edited Ten Bad Dates with De Niro: A Book of Alternative Film Lists.

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"A magnificent state-of-the-nation epic." - Financial Times

"Kelly's seriousness of intent and direct moral interrogation call to mind contemporary American giants Roth and Mailer." - Independent on Sunday

"A weighty achievement in every sense, and its long, complex narrative is impressively sustained." - Guardian

"Crusaders is The Great British Novel of this decade; it single-handedly resurrects the lost tradition of Priestly and Orwell and compares with Gordon Burn and Andrew O'Hagan at their very best." - David Peace

"The best political novel since [Alan Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty.]" - Philip Collins, Times

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