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David Peace: ‘Culture Needs to Change Politics’

David Peace

From the Red Riding Quartet to GB84, David Peace exposed the seedy underbelly of Britain's Establishment with rare candour. In this interview with Alex Niven, the seminal novelist discusses his youth in a mining town, the complexities of post-war Britain, and the need for socialists and artists to move beyond defeatism.

Miners meet to discuss the end of the strike. The vote to return to work without an agreement was overwhelmingly carried. (Photo by Keith Pattison)

Over the last quarter-century David Peace has helped to shape the meaning of historical memory in this country. Since the publication in 1999 of the first volume of his Red Riding Quartet — a suite of novels narrating the decay of social democracy and the rise of Thatcherism in a scarcely fictionalised West Yorkshire setting — Peace’s […]

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