Nineteen Seventy Four : Red Riding Quartet

  • by David Peace
  • Narrated by Saul Reichlin
  • Series: Red Riding Quartet
  • 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

*Please note this audiobook contains explicit language.
Jeanette Garland, missing Castleford, July 1969. Susan Ridyard, missing Rochdale, March 1972. Claire Kemplay, missing Morley, since yesterday. It’s winter, 1974, Yorkshire, Christmas bombs, Lord Lucan on the run, the Bay City Rollers, and Eddie Dunford’s got the job he wanted – crime correspondent for the Yorkshire Evening Post. He didn’t know it was going to be a season in hell. A dead little girl with a swan’s wings stitched into her back. A gypsy camp in a ring of fire. Corruption everywhere you look.
In Nineteen Seventy Four, David Peace brings passion and stylistic bravado to this terrifyingly intense journey into a secret history of sexual obsession and greed, and starts a highly acclaimed crime series that has redefined how the genre is approached.
David Peace (born 1967) is an English author. He was named one of the Best of Young British Novelists by Granta in 2003 and won the 2004 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. He is also known for his novels GB84 and The Damned United; the latter was made into a feature film starring Michael Sheen.


What the Critics Say

"Nineteen Seventy Four is raw and furiously alive, the literary equivalent of a hard right to the jaw. David Peace has delivered the finest crime fiction debut of the year and joined a select group of novelists who are transforming the genre with passion and style." (George Pelecanos)
"Quite simply, this is the future of British crime fiction." (Time Out)
"The pace is relentless, the style staccato-plus and the morality bleak and forlorn....Peace's voice is powerful and unique." (Guardian)
"A triumph of sustained narrative energy that reinvigorates the British crime novel" - (Daily Telegraph)
"This is one of the most exciting thrillers I have ever read. As a literary work, it zings with poetry, rhythm and black elegance" – Iain Martin (WATERSTONES)
"A beautifully written and chilling debut novel that firmly establishes David Peace as a master wordsmith and crime fiction aficionado" – (
"A must-read for fans of gripping fiction" – (Woman and Home)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

When?s the next instalment?!

As a regular listener to thriller titles, this came as a real surprise. A lot darker and grittier than I expected. Character development and scene setting, really add to the plot and immerse you in the atmosphere of the time. Not for the more sensitive listener, but the dialogue really adds to the effect. I found myself engrossed and am very excited by the prospect of 3 more instalments, bring it on!
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- Michael

Stunning, Horrible, Gripping, and Awful

I'm from Wakefield, grew up in the seventies, and this book captures what it was like to live in that desolate, dying part of of the West Riding during those horrible, dark, dark times.

We've moved on, thankfully, in some ways. Coppers are less likely to be in the pockets of businessmen (I hope), life is not the struggle it was back then, and you and you are not nearly so likely to be beaten up for having the wrong bike/clothes/hairstyle etc. But it's all here, casual violence to strangers because they are different, the nasty men, and nasty times. Eddie is often listening to the radio in his Viva, but no matter what was on, the feeling I had through out this book was the same as the darker parts of the Specials back catalogue. A decade too early, but spot on.

Other reviewers have complained about the use of the F word in it, but in that grotty little bit of West Yorkshire that's certainly how I remember it. Shouted across the street, screamed at each other and used in place of most of the rest of the English language, especially the more emotive parts, the F word was everywhere.

The plot is a slow burner but the finale is excellent. A great listen, let down a little by the frankly very poor accent of Saul Reichlin.
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- Russell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-06-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios