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Delve inside the world of teenage gang culture from Haiti to London with Man Booker Prize shortlisted author Stephen Kelman and acclaimed new author Nick Lake. Pigeon English is the tale of Harri, a young Ghanaian who starts a murder investigation of his own when a boy is knifed to death on his high street. In Darkness, set during the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, is the story of a boy called Shorty who is searching for the twin sister he lost seven years ago. Julia Eccleshare, the Guardian’s Children’s Books Editor, will be interviewing our authors and chairing the discussion about writing authentic teenage voices in fiction. Praise for Stephen Kelman “A powerful story…It 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…Pigeon English will be read by millions” Daily Telegraph Praise for Nick Lake "Nick Lake weaves Haiti's dark past with its painful present into a story that is gripping, moving and uplifting. This novel dances with extraordinary confidence from one era to another, mixing the contemporary with the historical to create a rich and fascinating dialogue across the centuries. In Darkness is a stunningly original and hard-hitting debut" William Sutcliffe Date: Tuesday 31st January Time: 6pm for 6.30pm. Ends 7.30pm Place: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP Cost: £8 / Students £4 (BloomsburyInstitute)… (mais)
Stephen Kelman will be discussing his first novel Pigeon English. Pigeon English is about a family newly arrived from Ghana, and is set on the same kind of housing estate the author grew up on himself. Pigeon English has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011, longlisted for the 2011 Guardian First Book Award and shortlisted for The Desmond Elliott Prize 2011. (SallyConnew)… (mais)