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John Harvey - Author

About the Author

John Harvey lived and worked in Nottingham during the strike and witnessed the life at first hand.  His depiction of the violence and anger is both wholly authentic and riveting.  He is, as the Guardian has said ‘a master craftsman.’   

Loved by critics, readers and authors alike, John Harvey’s books have sold over 1 million copies and have been translated into more than 20 languages.  The first Charlie Resnick novel, Lonely Hearts, was named by The Times as one of the '100 Best Crime Novels of the Century'. His first novel featuring Detective Inspector Frank Elder, Flesh and Blood, won the CWA Silver Dagger in 2004, and a Barry Award for the Best British Crime Novel published in the US in 2004. In 2007 John Harvey was awarded the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger.  He was made an honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Nottingham in 2009 and by the University of Hertfordshire in 2013.

John has written for television and radio and, a published poet himself, between 1977 and 1999 ran Slow Dancer Press, publishing work by such writers as Simon Armitage and Lee Harwood, Kirsty Gunn and Jill Dawson, Sharon Olds and Lucille Clifton.  Out of Silence, his New and Selected Poems, is published by Smith/Doorstop this May.

Author Photo © Molly Boiling 2012

Featured books by John Harvey

Darkness, Darkness (Resnick 12)

Darkness, Darkness (Resnick 12)

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/09/2014

The final DI Charlie Resnick novel, from the Cartier Diamond Dagger winner and Sunday Times bestselling author of Cold in Hand. Thirty years ago, the Miners' Strike threatened to tear the country apart, turning neighbour against neighbour, husband against wife, father against son - enmities which smoulder still. Resnick, recently made up to inspector, and ambivalent at best about some of the police tactics, had run an information gathering unit at the heart of the dispute. Now, in virtual retirement, and still grieving over the violent death of his former partner, the discovery of the body of a young woman who disappeared during the Strike brings Resnick back to the front line to assist in the investigation into the woman's murder - forcing him to confront his past in what will assuredly be his last case.

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Other books by John Harvey

Pax

Pax

Author: John Harvey Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2019

When artist Stephen Bloodsmith creates a series of images inspired by Rubens' trip to London in 1629, he enters a historical world of suspicion and intrigue. But will the manipulations he portrays in art spill over into the real world? When he practises deception inside his own marriage, falling in love with his model even as the romance of his wife Robyn unravels, the corrosive parallels between Bloodsmith's and Rubens' lives - the discovery of intimate secrets, the pain caused by desire and jealousy, the consequences of power and conflict - become hard to live with and impossible to ignore. Rubens believed he could make peace between the warring powers of Europe. To succeed he must win over Charles I of England, while in Paris 'the Cardinal' is working to frustrate him. Will nation cheat nation as people deceive one another in their personal lives? At once an intimate portrait of sexual pain in two centuries, and a gripping depiction of international 'deal-making', Pax is a rich, compelling study of desire, power, art - and the necessity of finding peace.

Blue Watch

Blue Watch

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

A novel of courage based on the experiences of John Harvey's own father who served with the London Fire Brigade. 1940. Like most of his London contemporaries, 15 year-old Jack Riley is evacuated into the countryside to escape a city menaced by bombardment. But Jack manages to escape farm life and return to London where he joins his father, an auxiliary fireman with 'Blue Watch', and experiences the London Blitz at first hand as he works for the fire service as a bicycle messenger.

Body And Soul

Body And Soul

Author: John Harvey Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2019

Poems and Songs

Poems and Songs

Author: John Harvey Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/11/2018

Poems and Songs

Poems and Songs

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/11/2018

The Stillness of the Living Forest

The Stillness of the Living Forest

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/11/2018

Poems and Songs

Poems and Songs

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/10/2018

Poems and Songs

Poems and Songs

Author: John Harvey Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/10/2018

The Opposite Stone, A Collection of Magical Stories for Children

The Opposite Stone, A Collection of Magical Stories for Children

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2018

Wizards that can change cats into frogs, heal the sick and make trains disappear. Fairies dancing over a stream, owls that befriend other creatures and a mystical, magical, bright blue cat. All and more in The Opposite Stone: A Collection of Magical Stories for Children. Written by John Harvey Illustrated in colour and black and white by Eileen Soper, Mark Goddard and Paul Goddard

Harvey's Improved Weymouth Guide

Harvey's Improved Weymouth Guide

Author: John Harvey Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/04/2018

The Bruciad, an Epic Poem, in Six Books

The Bruciad, an Epic Poem, in Six Books

Author: John Harvey Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/04/2018

Flesh And Blood

Flesh And Blood

Author: John Harvey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2018

She disappeared fifteen years ago. Frank Elder never stopped looking. Long after Susan Blacklock's disappearance, Detective Inspector Frank Elder has taken early retirement, but the case still plagues his mind - one failure he can never fix. The prime suspects were jailed for another murder. Now, one of them is on parole - until he vanishes too. And then the postcards start arriving. Postcards from the killer. Postcards of Elder's daughter...

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