Mick Norman wrote a quartet of UK-based Hell Angel's books in the 1970s. Angels from Hell, Angel Challenge, Guardian Angels and Angels on my Mind.
The books were Norman’s or, more precisely, Laurence James’ vision of the then future. Laurence was an editor at New English Library at a time when they were publishing biker pulp-fiction by the likes of Peter Cave and Alex R. Stuart. He was Richard Allen’s editor and dealt with some of the Jim Moffat skinhead books. On the back of these, Laurence decided to change tack – and sent in the manuscript of Angels from Hell anonymously to another editor. He stated that he only thought of it as just the one book but NEL took up the option and Laurence wrote three more.
Often call “trash fiction”, the Angel quartet has gained a certain cult fiction following. It was their combination of sex and violence, the theme of “us” against “them” which made these books a success at the time.
This fiction is not for the politically correct and is very much a product of its time. It is gritty and realistically brutal. The sex, drugs, violence and music references remain intact because that was the then creed of the UK-based Angels.
These novels are pure nostalgia, harking back to a time that many bikers of a certain age would identify with. Triumph, Norton, Harley-Davidson and Velocettes grace the pages.
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Fallen Angels Vol 2: Guardian Angels & Angels on my Mind
by Mick Norman
In the Guardian Angels, the Last Heroes, one of the remaining UK biker groups, once again emerge from hiding to take on a job of protecting a rock band but with dire consequences. Gerry Vinson is captured by rogue copper, Israel Penn and subjected to mind-altering drugs to reveal all his secrets in Angels on my Mind. Sex and violence, and two fingers up to those in authority.
Fallen Angels Vol 1: Angels from Hell & Angel Challenge
by Mick Norman
Angels from Hell and Angel Challenge have gained a cult fiction following. It was their combination of sex and violence, the theme of “us” against “them” which originally made these books a success. Set against political and social unrest in 1970s UK, it's the story of one gang and its fight against the establishment and their own internal power struggles. They are pure nostalgia.
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