4thcoming: Stevan Alcock

Name: Stevan AlcockStevan

Occupation: Writer, editor and translator

Book: Blood Relatives

What’s it about: Leeds, late 1975 and a body has been found on Prince Philip Playing Fields. Ricky, teenage delivery van boy for Corona pop, will be late for The Matterhorn Man. In the years that follow until his capture, the Yorkshire Ripper and Rick’s own life draw ever closer with unforeseen consequences. Set in a time in England’s history of upheaval and change – both personal and social – this is a story told in an unforgettable voice.

Why we’re excited: Not only is Blood Relatives written in a startlingly unique and transfixing dialect, the setting offers a completely separate, parallel account of the Yorkshire Ripper murders. The resulting tension that supports an already astonishing narrative is surely the reason why Alexander Masters, proponent of the uncanny within the real, called Blood Relatives ‘Thrilling, poignant and fresh’.

What he’s reading: ‘Diego Marani: New Finnish Grammar.’

What he’s listening to: ‘Cassandra Wilson: Blue Light ‘Til Dawn.’

What he’s watching:  ‘Broadchurch series 2.’

Favourite word: ‘Schlamassel (German).’

Favourite song: ‘Depends on the day, the week, the mood.’

Living person you most admire: ‘Someone whose name I cannot divulge.’

The trait you most deplore in yourself: ‘Procrastination.’

The trait you most deplore in others: ‘Procrastination.’

The book you wish you’d written:  ‘Ben Fountain: Brief Encounters with Che Guevara’

The book that everyone should read: ‘SJ Naudé: The Alphabet of Birds’

The book you’d like republished: ‘Louis Golding: Mr Emmanuel’

Writing ritual: ‘Incremental. (plus take long walks).’

Best advice ever received: ‘Beware of well-meaning advice.’


Blood Relatives

Blood Relatives is published by 4th Estate on 26th March 2015

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