'Harriet Sergeant is no frothy Lady Bountiful. She shares George Orwell s clarity and integrity and his readiness to mix with those he seeks to understand. Among The Hoods is a book written in anger, but born of patience and concern. It would be a terrible shame if it were dismissed as another reactionary rant. Those on the Left, Right and centre could all learn from it. In fact, if they refuse to learn from it, another generation of marginalised youngsters will surely be doomed.' --Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
'If you only read one book on gangs, let this be it. ' Shaun Bailey, Evening Standard
'Sergeant's transformation from conservative, icy observer to maternal support network offers a personal story which engages. This is a crisp and assured offering.' --Sunday Business Post
'A candid, and deeply affecting, report of one woman's encounter with a street gang. By the end of the book, and a story which has taken all of these boys further down their terrible path, Sergeant realises that, in the battle between the 'legit' world and the criminal one they live in to survive, she's 'on their side'. By the end, we are too. If you read it, it will make you cry. It will take a lot more than tears to salvage the lives of these children we betray, but someone caring would, at least, be a start.' --Christina Patterson, Independent --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
This should be compulsory reading for anyone who works with children. Even put on the curriculum!
Living in the roughly the same areas around the same time as the youths... Read more
I loved this book. It gave a clear insight into what it was like for those struggling in economically deprived areas without a family unit. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lieutenant Jen
A very easy read, and enjoyable, but sad due to the lack of a positive future. It is bad that these boys are only portrayed in one way and we are made to fear them, keeping the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by emma sharif
I too heard Harriet being interviewed on BBC2 and was so impressed I immediately downloaded it onto my Kindle. I have only now been reading it and am half way through. Read morePublished 4 months ago by DinnyB
Superb book. Brilliantly written and researched, it will give you a different insight into gang culture.Published 7 months ago by Ferryman