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In what he has described as the "new East End"--Caribbean and African and Asian people, but also a lot of the old white community who have extended families the same way that we always had"--Benjamin Zephaniah is something of a poet hero: a "black spokesman and political poet" according to critic, John Walsh. Set in this East End of fish and chips and curry, rap clubs and racism--"Many of the shops had metal shutters on their windows and doors to protect them from racist attacks"--Face is the story of Martin Turner and his "gang of three": their reactions when "something terrible" happens to Martin's face. Aimed (probably) at older children and teenagers, the novel skirts allegory. After a night in a local rap club--when Martin has to overcome a certain sense that blacks are "just different"--the (joy)ride accident which destroys his face propels Martin into a world where he has to learn to "deal with other people's prejudices". It's a world of pain, sometimes hatred, which, if anything, Zephaniah underplays here: this is Martin's tale of winning despite the odds. But that discretion may well help to jolt the imagination towards one of the underlying visions of Face: an East End where the white teen boys know they're not going to "get away with a racist remark here". --Vicky Lebeau --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
'A brilliant first novel' -- Guardian
'A lively and positive account ... incredibly well told' -- Irish Times
'Impressive ... Zephaniah writes wonderfully natural dialogue with the same ease as he spins out rhyming couplets' -- Glasgow Herald --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This is the first book on my kindle and is the best book I have ever read. You should buy it.Published 5 months ago by cpm
Great reading and a book that my grandson recommended to me I found the story fascinating hard to put downPublished 5 months ago by ian
I bought this book for my 12 year old son who has been asked to read by school but could not find any books that he enjoyed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by FEAA
This was a gift for my grandson,as he has been doing "Face" for a drama exam.Will get to read it myself,eventually !Published 6 months ago by Jill Avey
A amazining book would recommend to anyone, worth the read, changes the way you look at people, very good bookPublished 8 months ago by Billy