Discover Cityread London 2016

Our 2016 read:

Ten Days

It’s 4 a.m. and Cathy Mason is watching dawn break over the Lovelace estate. By the end of the day, her community will be a crime scene. By the end of the week, her city will be on fire.

In this gripping thriller by Orange Prize-shortlisted author Gillian Slovo, ten unpredictable days of violence erupt from a stifling heatwave. And, as Westminster careers are being made or ruined, lives are at stake. Ten Days is about what happens when politics, policing and the hard realities of living in London collide.

Listen to extracts from the book by visiting Audible’s dedicated channel on Soundcloud.

About Gillian Slovo

Gillian Slovo is a playwright and the author of thirteen books, including five crime novels, the courtroom drama Red Dust, which was made into a feature film starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and the Orange Prize-shortlisted Ice Road. She co-authored the play Guantanamo – Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, which was staged internationally. Her research for her play The Riots inspired Ten Days. Gillian Slovo was President of English PEN from 2010 to 2013 and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She was born in South Africa and lives in London.

“A very readable, perhaps even rabble-rousing tale about a roused rabble and the water-cannon-firing 'forces of law and order'”
Literary Review
“A page turner intent on keeping you avidly on edge into the small hours”
Metro
“Cracking ... an acute indictment of the power play between politicians and police ... Slovo's subject matter could not be more prescient”
Louise Doughty, The Guardian
“Ten Days tackles the dangers we all face when politics and policing collide. The result: an unputdownable Slovo read.”
Shami Chakrabarti
“An extraordinary novel - a page-turner thick with greed, ambition, love and secrets, and simultaneously an incisive portrayal of power and powerlessness in today's Britain”
Kamila Shamsie
“Sweeping in ambition and with a fine command of political and policing detail, this makes salutary, and alarming, reading.”
Daily Mail
“Slovo takes the London riots of 2011 as her blueprint, but she moves beyond that... Rather brilliantly, she increases the tension”
The Spectator
“Ten days of tension, trouble and tough truths . . . a cracker”
Val McDermid

2016 Blog Posts

Gillian Slovo on writing Ten Days

Ten Days is my thirteenth novel and, although it is in some ways a new departure for me, it is also a return to my beginnings as a novelist. When I started out I wrote crime – five books featuring my…

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Welcome to the new Cityread London website

Countless hours and cups of coffee later, we’ve finally managed to get it ready and launched. It’s been a bit of a wild ride but we hope the result will delight and satisfy. So what’s new? In addition…

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2016 Character Profiles

Black male, six feet three, bald and broad-shouldered. On medication for unspecified mental disorder. Often spotted in and around Lovelace Estate with hoodie repeating the words ‘Option. Action. Traction. Mischief.’ Struggled with self-control around strangers and violent reactions to aggressive behaviour. Local teams report he was well-loved by the Lovelace community.

White female, single mother, early 40s. Long-term resident of the Lovelace Estate and member of the police liaison committee for the community at time of riots. Has one teenage daughter, Lyndall Mason. Recent contact was made with ex-lover known as ‘Banji’, with whom relations ended some 15 years prior.

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