Gavin Knight’s first book, Hood Rat, about gun and gang crime in the UK’s cities, was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and the Crime Writer’s Association Non-fiction Dagger in 2012. To research it, he spent two years with criminals, frontline police units and gang members from the inner cities of Britain. His work has appeared in publications including The Times, Guardian, Telegraph, Prospect, Newsweek, New Statesman and Esquire; and he has appeared on BBC, CNN, ITN, Channel Four News and Sky News.
In his second book The Swordfish and the Star, Gavin will tell the stories of Cornish people from every level of society. A crabber sets sail for France with an aristocrat on board, who turns out to be a fugitive from justice. Spanish drug dealers leave smack in lobster pots off the coast for collection. A painter who messed around with a fisherman’s wife is found dead at the bottom of a tin mine. In the harbour, homeless squatters live on the forgotten cruisers of far-away city traders. These stories build into a vivid evocation of life under a huddle of grey roofs at the edge of the sea at the beginning of the 21st century.
The Swordfish and the Star has just been reviewed in The Guardian by our very own Patrick Gale. Read review…