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James Ellroy, ‘White Jazz’ (1992)

I’m talking at this upcoming conference on crime writer James Ellroy and his influence on British writer David Peace. As preparation I’ve been re-reading the Demon Dog’s Los Angeles Quartet, all four books of which are worth looking at. But if you want something truly revolutionary start with¬†White Jazz, the last book in the series.¬†There’s … Continue reading

Paul Kingsnorth, ‘The Wake’ (2014)

Picture the scene: an alien world is invaded by a marauding army. There is a battle and the natives are crushed; the incomers then use their vastly superior technology and weaponry to keep them oppressed. Despite this a resistance movement grows amongst the locals people, and heroes begin to emerge who vow to free their … Continue reading