Edward Berridge’s first book, The Lives of The Saints, kickstarted the original wave of 1990s dirty realism. Brutal, unflinching and funny, reviewers were captivated by it and Who Magazine called it pornography. Dog eared and battered copies have been passed from hand to hand for over twenty years. Edward’s next novel is a darkly comic domestic noir confronting divorce and aging. Imagine Big Little Lies written by Michel Houllebecq. As an author, Edward is concerned with sex, how women and men relate to each other and mortality.
Jeremy Aitken is a Vogel short listed author. His first novel, Crystal Street, sheds a grim documentarian’s light on men’s lives lived in desperation. His literary aesthetic is shaped by the spare and uncompromising language economy of Hemingway and McCarthy and the street-level cinematography of the French New Wave and Italian realist movies of the sixties. Aitken’s writing refuses to turn a blind eye to the darkness of the human experience and seeks to express the briefest moments of illumination that arise from the shadows.