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Paperback edition of Night And The City by Gerald Kersh

London Classics edition of Gerald Kersh's classic London novel Night & The City, made into the iconic noir film with Richard Widmark.

Paperback edition of Night And The City by Gerald Kersh

London Classics edition of Gerald Kersh's classic London novel Night & The City, made into the iconic noir film with Richard Widmark.

£279
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21
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, May 16 2019 10:52 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated May 16, 2019

About

We are looking to raise £3,000 to crowdfund the production of a high quality paperback edition of the iconic London novel 'Night And The City' By Gerald Kersh.

“The story of damaged men in damaged times”  Iain Sinclair

A Classic Of British Literature & Film

Harry Fabian is a cockney wide boy trying to make it big in the Soho underworld of the 1930s. He is a Flash Harry in an expensive suit, a chancer operating in a cosmopolitan corner of the city where villains, spivs, prostitutes and strong-arm men thrive. But his ambition and reckless nature are pushing him towards more and more extreme acts – and a day of reckoning.

Night And The City is a classic work of social-realist fiction that captures the vibrant yet seedy underbelly of London between the world wars. Its author Gerald Kersh was high-profile, prolific and hugely popular at his peak, but would later drift into hardship and obscurity. His writing is now being rediscovered. A maverick character in his own right, Kersh’s life was as colourful as those of his most flamboyant creations. 

As well as a respected novel, Night And The City was twice filmed – in 1950 and 1992 – and it is the first of these adapatations that is today regarded as one of the best of the British film-noir genre. Directed by Jules Dassin and starring Richard Widmark and Googie Withers, it was shot in an urban landscape heavy with menace and charm – just like the book on which it was based.

A still from the classic 1950 film
A still from the classic 1950 film

This version will include a new, specially commissioned introduction by Paul Duncan, who is working on a biography of Gerald Kersh, and an afterword by John King of London Books.

“An understated literary classic” The Guardian

“A gem”Time Out

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We are looking to produce a high quality paperback edition of this classic novel. By crowdfunding we can ensure a high quality end product. We are experienced book publishers and confident that we can achieve the target publication date of December 2019, but as with any publishing project there is a small risk that this date will not be achieved.

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