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It's 4 a.m. and dawn is about to break over the Lovelace estate. Cathy Mason drags herself out of bed as she swelters in her overheated bedroom - the council still haven't turned the radiators off despite temperatures reaching the 30s. In a kitchen across London, Home Secretary Peter Whiteley enjoys the tea that his security detail left for him before he joins his driver and heads to Parliament, whilst his new police chief, Joshua Yares, clears his head for his first day with a run. All three will have reasons to recollect this morning as their lives collide over ten days they will never forget.Ten Days takes an unflinching look at how lives are ruined and careers are made when small misjudgements have profound effects on frustrated communities and damaged individuals. Gillian Slovo's game-changing novel about political expediency and personal disenfranchisement is as page-turning as it is culturally significant.
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Gillian Slovo is a playwright and the author of thirteen books, including five crime novels, the courtroom drama Red Dust, made into a feature film starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and the Orange Prize-shortlisted Ice Road. She co-authored the play Guantanamo - Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, which was staged internationally. Her research for her play The Riots inspired Ten Days. Gillian Slovo was President of English PEN from 2010 to 2013 and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She won the Golden PEN Award 2013 for a Lifetime's Distinguished Service to Literature. She was born in South Africa and lives in London.

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Cracking . . . an acute indictment of the power play between politicians and police . . . Slovo's subject matter could not be more prescient -- LOUISE DOUGHTY * * Guardian * * A page turner intent on keeping you avidly on edge into the small hours * * Metro * * Slovo presents a vivid portrait of the realities of power in Britain * * Daily Mail * * Ten Days of tension, trouble and tough truths - Gillian Slovo tells it like it almost certainly is - she's written a cracker -- VAL MCDERMID The drama is provided by Slovo's eye for detail - she seeks out the exact wrong decisions and blunders that led to the biggest policing-meltdown in the city's history . . . Slovo captures the anger, fear and tension * * The Times * * Ten Days tackles the dangers we all face when politics and policing collide. The result: an unputdownable Slovo read -- SHAMI CHAKRABARTI An extraordinary novel - a page-turner thick with greed, ambition, love and secrets, and simultaneously an incisive portrayal of power and powerlessness in today's Britain -- KAMILA SHAMSIE A very readable, perhaps even rabble-rousing tale about a roused rabble and the water-cannon-firing 'forces of law and order' * * Literary Review * *

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