If the Sixties were swinging, the seventies were the hangover-darker, nastier,
uglier-especially if you lived on a council estate in the north of England.
Rule of Night was first published in 1975 and has since become a cult classic. It pre-dates
the current vogue for 'hard men' and 'football hoolie' books by 25 years.
It is, however, much more than this. Trevor Hoyle creates a chillingly detailed world,
where teenagers prowl rainy fluorescent-lit streets dressed as their Clockwork Orange anti-heroes.
The backdrop is provided by Ford Cortinas, Players No.6, the factory, the relentless struggle
to maintain hope.
Hoyle, who has since been published by John Calder (home to Samuel
Beckett and William S. Burroughs), has added a fascinating afterword
to his original book which has been out of print and highly sought-after
for many years.
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