You thought Big Brother was tough? Try Knife Edge -- the reality TV show where wannabe knife fighters are the celebrities in a nation going to hell. Britain, tomorrow. The ultimate response to knife crime has been instituted by a bankrupt government: duelling with knives has now been legalised. On Saturday nights, the nation sit down to watch the countries best fighters slash it out on prime time. When a young boy with hoplophobia (the fear of weaponry) runs away from home, his father hires a former special forces agent to find him. With the help of the boy's psychiatrist, Josh Cumberland delves into the dark underbelly of the knife culture that has infected his country with no guarantee that the boy is even still alive! FILE UNDER: Future Thriller [Reality TV/ Slashed jugulars / Apocalyptic weather / Save the children]
Blackthorne was born in the 'Irish ghetto' of northwest London, of Irish parents, and grew up in Slough, and always knew he needed to be a writer. When he was fifteen, he started training in judo and soon after that in Chinese kickboxing. It changed his life. In one way or another, training in one style or another, martial arts have remained a way of life, a daily discipline. Blackthorne is married and lives in Kent.