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Pigeon English - Plays for Young People (Paperback)

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There was a ruckus at lunch time. It was the best one so far. Nobody knew why they were fighting . . . You actually thought they were going to kill each other. You wanted them to stop. It wasn't funny anymore. Newly arrived from Ghana with his mother and older sister, Harrison Opoku lives on the ninth floor of a block of flats on a London 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 in marker pen - unaware of the danger growing around him. But when a boy is knifed to death on the high street and the police appeal for witnesses draws only silence, Harri decides to start a murder investigation of his own. In doing so, he unwittingly breaks the fragile web his mother has spun around her family to keep them safe, and Harri will come face to face with the very real dangers surrounding him. A powerful, unforgettable tale, importantly relevant for young adult readers of today. Stephen Kelman's 2011 Man-Booker-prize-shortlisted novel has been adapted for the stage by Fringe-First-winner Gbolahan Obisesan (Mad About the Boy). The stage adaptation received its world premiere at Bristol Old Vic in a Bristol Old Vic Young Company and the National Youth Theatre co-commission on 7 August 2013, before transferring to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781474251037
Number of pages: 104
Weight: 94 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 10 mm


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Simultaneously accurate and fantastical, this boy's love letter to the world made me laugh and tremble all the way through * Emma Donoghue, author of "Room", on the original novel of "Pigeon English" *
Pigeon English paints a vivid portrait with honesty, sympathy and wit, of a much neglected milieu, and it addresses urgent social questions. It is horrifying, tender and funny . . . Brilliant * Daily Telegraph on the original novel of "Pigeon English" *
Urgent . . . intelligently written . . . and thought-provoking. * Daily Telegraph on "Mad About The Boy" *

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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
Helpful? Upvote 53

“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
Helpful? Upvote 45

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