Graham Hurley was born November, 1946 in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. His seaside childhood was punctuated by football, swimming, afternoons on the dodgems, run-ins with the police, multiple raids on the local library - plus near-total immersion in English post-war movies.
While Crown Court Judge Peter Ault is away on holiday with his wife, his teenage daughter Rachel throws a party. The invite goes out on Facebook and before she knows it over a hundred kids from all over Portsmouth have descended on the house in the leafy affluence of Craneswater. The party turns into a riot and the property is trashed.