London, Burning (Paperback)
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A blistering recreation of the capital at the tail end of the 1970s, Quinn’s visceral narrative finds four strangers caught up in a perfect storm of strikes, bombings and punk rock as a nation shifts irrevocably to the right.

London, Burning is a novel about the end of the 1970s, and the end of an era. It concerns a nation divided against itself, a government trembling on the verge of collapse, a city fearful of what is to come, and a people bitterly suspicious of one another. In other words, it is also a novel about now.

Vicky Tress is a young policewoman on the rise who becomes involved in a corruption imbroglio with CID. Hannah Strode is an ambitious young reporter with a speciality for skewering the rich and powerful. Callum Conlan is a struggling Irish academic and writer who falls in with the wrong people. While Freddie Selves is a hugely successful theatre impresario stuck deep in a personal and political mire of his own making. These four characters, strangers at the start, happen to meet and affect the course of each other's lives profoundly.

The story plots an unpredictable path through a city choked by strikes and cowed by bomb warnings. It reverberates to the sound of alarm and protest, of police sirens, punk rock, street demos, of breaking glass and breaking hearts in dusty pubs. As the clock ticks down towards a general election old alliances totter and the new broom of capitalist enterprise threatens to sweep all before it. It is funny and dark, violent but also moving.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349144283
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 280 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 24 mm


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'[A] marvellous new novel... This master storyteller recreates the whole world of the 70s, as the London we used to know is about to change for ever. The novel throbs with music and life, love and skulduggery, with the beating drum of the approaching Margaret Thatcher sounding the knell for that decade and the way we used to live on these islands' - Carmen Callil, i

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“A thoroughly good read.”

Set in late 1970’s Quinn narrates the stories of four main characters, Hannah the left of centre journalist, Callum the Northern Irish academic finds himself with the wrong crowd, Vicky a young police woman navigating... More

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“London Burning”

Quinn is an easy, yet entertaining read. This novel is set in London between December 1978 and May 1979, covering the momentous events of the Winter of Discontent and the election of Margaret Thatcher.
Each of the... More

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“London, Burning”

Set in England during the 70's the story centers around Hannah, Callum, Freddie and Vicky. They don't know each other but as the story progresses their paths start to cross.

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