Novelist, poet, dramatist and sometime publisher of Slow Dancer Press, John Harvey has been a professional writer for some forty years.
The first of his Charlie Resnick series, Lonely Hearts, was named by The Times as one of the 100 most notable crime novels of the last century, and in 2007 he was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for Sustained Excellence in Crime Writing. His dramatisation of the twelfth and final Resnick novel, Darkness, Darkness, was staged at Nottingham Playhouse in 2016. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the Universities of Nottingham and Hertfordshire.
I started out on Hare Joins the Home Guard by Alison Uttley and progressed from there to the Buffalo Bill Wild West Annual and so on to Hemingway, D H Lawrence, Virginia Woolf and Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady, Raymond Chandler and Elmore Leonard, and the poetry of, especially, Lee Harwood, Frank O’Hara and Robert Hass.
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