This will possibly only be of interest to blue_condition but is passed on for what it is worth. The new David Peace novel, The Damned Utd, is reviewed in today’s Scotland on Sunday. The review contains errors about Peace’s previous work (how difficult is it to check information about a novelist’s previous works even if you’re too lazy to read them?) including,
“As with his previous novels, The Red Riding Hood Quartet and GB84, David Peace is imagining recent, notorious Yorkshire history. The first book was about the Yorkshire Ripper; the second was set during the miners’ strike.”
As far as I was aware Peace has published five previous novels, the first four forming a quartet – known as the Red Riding Quartet, not sure if Red Riding Hood comes into it. Two of these books feature the fictionalised version of the Ripper murders (the middle two), the others and the quartet as a whole are far more complicated than that.
However, this is the second consecutive review in the Scottish media (perhaps because it’s not a crime book and the last reviewer was a football journalist) that doesn’t compare Peace to James Ellroy (although ironically GB84 and The Damned Utd) mirror the development away from the crime genre Ellroy has made in recent novels American Tabloid, and The Cold Six Thousand).
It’s published this week and has gleaned favourable comments from David Mitchell among others. Will he finally make an overdue appearance on the Booker list?