Crusaders

Richard T. Kelly
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ISBN 9780571228058 Format Paperback
Published 31/07/2008 Length 560 pages

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In 1996, just before the rise of New Labour, Reverend Gore returns to his native Newcastle charged with planting a new church in one of the city's rougher estates. As he settles into the local community, he becomes involved with Stevie, a local 'security consultant', Lindy, a street-wise single mother, and Martin, an ambitious local Labour MP. But these relationships draw Gore into a moral crisis in this extraordinary debut novel, driven by sharp social observation, darkly desperate humour and an undercurrent of impending violence.
  • About Richard T. Kelly

    Richard T Kelly is the author of three novels published by Faber and Faber: Crusaders (2008, ‘a magnificent state of the nation epic’ – Financial Times); The Possessions of Doctor Forrest (2011, ‘a horror novel of the most enjoyably reckless stripe’ – TLS); and The Knives (2016, 'the best novel about modern politics I have read in years' – Observer). In 2013 he co-wrote Judith Tebbutt’s memoir of hostage in Somalia, A Long Walk Home, which was a BBC Radio 4 ‘Book of the Week’, a Sunday Times bestseller, and 2013 National Book Awards nominee as Best Autobiography.

    He has also published a number of interview-based books about filmmakers: Alan Clarke (1998), The Name of this Book is Dogme 95 (2000) and the authorised biography Sean Penn: His Life and Times (2004). Keegan & Dalglish, his study of the parallel careers of two legendary footballers, will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2017.

    Eclipse, his first screenplay for television, was broadcast by Channel 4 in 2010. He has also written scripts for film and stage.

    Richard has also worked in publishing as an editor of books at Faber and Faber and at Penguin Random House, and has acted as a consultant to the literary agency Tibor Jones. He is currently Lecturer in English & Creative Writing at the University of Northampton, and a contributing editor to Esquire magazine.
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