Pigeon English (Paperback)
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"Intelligent, observant." "The New Yorker"
"If your patrons liked Roddy Doyle's "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha" and if they rooted for Jamal Malik in "Slumdog Millionaire," they will love Harri Opoku." "Library Journal," starred review
"In turns funny and tragic . . . Its message is universal." "Huffington Post"
Advise yourself Jump into "Pigeon English" and experience the jubilant, infectious voice of Harrison Opoku a boy awed by the city, obsessed with gummy candy, a friend to everyone he meets. See why he is "bo-styles." How being the fastest runner in Year 7 makes him "dope-fine." And how crazy things get when Harri and his best friend launch their own investigation into the murder of a classmate and one of the Dell Farm Crew's "hutious "criminals feels them closing in on him. You ll want this book to last "donkey hours," and you ll see why Harri is truly a hero for our times. *
"Like "Room ." . . and "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" . . . "Pigeon English" is a novel for adults told in the remarkable voice of a child. In this fine company, Kelman's novel stands out." "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
"Since Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, there have been certain rules observed when children play detective. Stephen Kelman throws them all out." "Christian Science Monitor.
About the Author
Stephen Kelman was born in Luton in 1976. "Pigeon English", his first novel, was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the "Guardian" First Book Award, and he was also shortlisted for the New Writer of the Year Award at the 2011 Galaxy National Book Awards. He lives in St Albans.
"Simultaneously accurate and fantastical, this boy’s love letter to the world made me laugh and tremble all the way through. Pigeon English is a triumph." —Emma Donoghue, author of Room"Rich with lingo, energy, and occasional terror, Pigeon English is a stark and funny look at life in London’s rough housing projects. A compelling anatomy of our inner cities, Stephen Kelman’s debut novel navigates the hectic, modern world while coping with its most violent accompaniments." —Tony D’Souza, author of Whiteman and the forthcoming Mule
"Utterly convincing and deeply moving, this is a book that we should all read if we want to understand the ugly world that we have somehow managed to create on the edges of society." —Clare Morrall, author of the Booker-shortlisted Astonishing Splashes of Colour and The Man Who Disappeared