John Ruttley

John Ruttley

The Devil Finds Work

( Holroyd Publications)

John Ruttley has been writing for twelve years. He has had numerous magazine articles published, including commissioned pieces for local Antiquarian and History societies, self-published two local interest books, which are still selling well, and was runner-up in a BBC/Orange short story competition.

He has had a varied employment career – always useful to a writer – working in a warehouse, nightclub, the Merchant Navy, a foundry, shipyard, brewery and, for the last twenty-one years of his working life, insurance. He retired (very) early from the position of Area Manager in 2000.

He is currently putting the finishing touches to his second novel, Idle Hands, and has also started work on his third book, a detective thriller.


This novel captures the atmosphere of the north’s shipyards in the 1970s, the humour, resourcefulness and comradeship of the men, and their feelings of desperation and emasculation when they are unable to work.
Against a background of national industrial unrest, a small group of ordinary shipyard labourers fight a David and Goliath battle against organised crime as they fight to save their workplace from being taken over. They struggle to find enough money to survive during a series of unofficial strikes, which are endangering the yard’s very survival. When they discover that an American crime syndicate is behind the yard’s industrial disputes, proposed takeover and the death of a workmate, things really start to move.