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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: BLACKAMBER BOOKS; New edition edition (1 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901969150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901969153
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brixton Rock is Graham Greene for the hip hop generation. --Crime Time --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Wheatle is the winner of the 1999 New London Writers Award
NICKY MILSON, THE TIMES: ‘… a triumph …bears a striking resemblance to Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock… The main difference is that Brixton Rock is very funny. Brixton Rock is a pacey document of teenage angst…which is why the pockets of humour…prove to be such a triumph. This is a debut which ‘A great debut novel. Really, really exciting story… it has wonderful memories of the 80s.. Alex Wheatle will be a great writer…hints of great stuff to come. Look out for the next one but definitely read this narrative is pacey; witty; his characters real and recognisable. This is a very promising debut’. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Barton on 14 Jun 2008
Format: Paperback
A Ross's review is rather brutal on this first novel by Alex Wheatle. I personally enjoyed Brighton Rock and was intrigued by the parallels and similarities. A boy posing as a man is probably a good description of a lot of young men in S London, who find themselves having to take on a particular persona at an increasingly young age. And given the background of the central character who grew up in a children's home without know his parents, is it surprising that his character is unformed, and he is rootless and unfocused in his life. I found it fascinating to watch Brenton develop as a person as well as a character in this book. Yes the writing is simple. Try reading Island Songs to see how Alex has developed as a writer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mariana on 1 Mar 2013
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Such a boring book that it was painful for me to crawl from one page to another. The writing was poor and fail to build up momentum - but maybe because i could not appreciate the Brixton slang. But if the objective of the author was to reel readers into the world of Brixton (especially those readers not familiar with the culture or life in Brixton), then he had done a very poor job. I am actually puzzled by the good reviews by he other readers ....
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By Goldie Horne on 18 Mar 2013
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It was a strange occurrence how I got familiarized with this novel, it was by sheer accident I went into the local library. Partly because the weather was windy and down pouring with rain and an hour to spare. As I entered the library, I picked up the first book I clasped my eyes on (as I had an hour before my booked appointment) to 'past the time' I began reading, the first few pages really gripped my attention and I found myself engrossed with the aspects of the story and events within a harsh environment (a reality frame work of identity behind the closed walls of prison life). Although I have yet to finished the novel, I cannot give a full and true critical review on this novel, but what I have read so far, has a feel of raw, inner-city concrete jungle elements to this story. It burst at every seam of anger and harrowing feelings of neglect and isolation. A must to complete - but what I have read so far has kept my interest at bay,
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By N. Jones on 28 Dec 2012
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A gritty hard look at relationships doomed to fail! Not for the faint hearted, it goes to places many of us would find uncomfortable...and I don't just mean the the two young lovers!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 April 1999
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I thoroughly enjoyed Brixton Rock. It was a riviting read which kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting more! The protaganist was adorable and I just wanted him to come out on top. Highly recommended.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mark@arkmast.co.uk on 11 Oct 2001
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If you like hard-hitting drama, comedic skits on family life and nostalgic glaces back at the 80's then Brixton Rock is the book for you.
Alex's punchy style coupled with his Chandleresque turns of phrase make every page a pleasure to read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 July 2011
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I bought this on my kindle and enjoyed it so much that I downloaded another of Alex Wheatle's books as soon as i'd finished, The Dirty South (the only other one available on Kindle).

The author has a very easy style of writing that draws you in and before you know you've devoured the book!

Brenton is a very lost and distrubed character but he is not a bad character, he is just a product of his environment and you feel for his abandonment and you just know that if he hadn't have had such a hard and bitter life he would be a very different child. Nature or Nuture? As the author says, this book could have been written about anywhere because there are Brenton's everywhere (including white youths).

Regarding the Brixton content and the era, I enjoyed that because I was brought up very near there and used to hang out there as a teenager in the 80s. And the patois slang was spot on. It was very much derived from Jamaica in those days rather than the street slang that derives from America today. The patois brought back a lot of memories of words that you just don't hear nowadays. Remember drapse lol! And I'd forgotten about the SPG!

All in all a brilliant book for younger people wanting to read about what life was like for the urban black teenager in the 80s and for older (moi?) people wanting to have a bit of nostalgia.

A few reviewers seem to think that the title of the book is a play on a Grahame Green novel. It's not, as explained by Alex Wheatle it is smiply because it is set in Brixton and Brixton, at that time, was rocking, literally, with dub and reggae on the estates, frontline, etc.
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