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Paperback Published: 07/03/2011
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Newly arrived from Ghana with his mother and older sister, eleven-year-old Harrison Opoku lives on the ninth floor of a block of flats on an inner-city housing estate. The second best runner in the whole of Year 7, Harri races through his new life in his personalised trainers - the Adidas stripes drawn on with marker pen - blissfully unaware of the very real threat all around him. With equal fascination for the local gang - the Dell Farm Crew - and the pigeon who visits his balcony, Harri absorbs the many strange elements of his new life in England: watching, listening, and learning the tricks of urban survival. But when a boy is knifed to death on the high street and a police appeal for witnesses draws only silence, Harri decides to start a murder investigation of his own. In doing so, he unwittingly endangers the fragile web his mother has spun around her family to try and keep them safe. A story of innocence and experience, hope and harsh reality, Pigeon English is a spellbinding portrayal of a boy balancing on the edge of manhood and of the forces around him that try to shape the way he falls.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408810637
Weight: 447 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 25 mm

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“Worth a read”

As someone who has worked on inner city estates with gang affected young people for many years I felt that this book provides a realistic portrayal of the pressures young people face living in deprived neighbourhoods.... More

Paperback edition
21st April 2012
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“Interesting and Impressive”

Apparently, this novel was plucked from the 'slush pile' by an agent and was then sold for a six-figure sum after a round of frenzied bids were made by various publishers. Kelman grew up on a council estate... More

Paperback edition
4th May 2011
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“Touching story of childhood innocence”

Harri, newly arrived from Ghana with half of his family, takes us round his new home and introduces us to the wonder and peculiarity of his new country, England. Though the grim reality of knife crime overshadows the... More

Paperback edition
7th March 2011
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