Brighton Rock

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Bound by Kate Holland

Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
William Heinemann, London 1938
Bound 2021

Full hand dyed scarf jointed faircalf with goatskin back paired onlays and inlays, tooling. Doublures of slashed and dyed fair calf with red goatskin back pared onlays. Endpapers reverse offset printed on black Bible paper. Coloured edges and hand sewn silk endbands.

A glowering stormy sky looms over the bright lights of the iconic Brighton Pier at dusk. Inside the blood red ornate railings of the pier are superimposed over a slashed and scarred skin. Brighton Rock is a noir thriller centring around the criminal gang headed up by the teenage sociopath Pinkie. The glittering public facade of a busy seaside resort masks the dark underbelly of poverty and crime. Dedicated to all victims of knife crime, to all young people who feel the need to carry a knife to protect themselves and to all those who feel release through self harm.

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