Night And The City by Gerald Kersh Kickstarter Campaign.

Night and the city

Paperback edition of Night And The City by Gerald Kersh BY London Books

London Classics edition of Gerald Kersh‘s classic London novel Night & The City.

‘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 adaptations 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.

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

Risks and challenges

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.

With Kickstarter the money is only deducted from your account if, as we hope, we reach the £3,000 target. If we are successful, it will be deducted only once the project has closed.’

Find out more about the Kickstarter campaign HERE.