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John King

John King is the author of nine novels – The Football Factory, Headhunters, England Away, Human Punk, White Trash, The Prison House, Skinheads, The Liberal Politics Of Adolf Hitler and Slaughterhouse Prayer. The Football Factory was made into a film, directed by Nick Love and starring Danny Dyer and Dudley Sutton. His novella The Beasts Of Brussels appears in The Seal Club, a three-story collaboration that includes work by Alan Warner and Irvine Welsh, while his short stories have appeared in anthologies and magazines. He has been widely translated abroad.


John has written articles and reviews for a number of publications, and has a long-term interest in the small-press world. He publishes / edits Verbal, a fiction-focused 52-page journal that promotes new writing and includes an author interview in each issue. He has interviewed the likes of Alan Sillitoe, David Peace, Cathi Unsworth, Irvine Welsh and Dan Fante over the years. John also co-runs the Human Punk nights at the 100 Club on Oxford Street in Central London, reflecting a love of music that can be found in many of his novels. He lives in London.

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