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Foxy-T [Paperback]

Tony White
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2 Sep 2004

Best friends and flatmates Foxy-T and Ruji-Babes run the E-Z Call Telephone and Internet shop in the heart of Bangladeshi East London. It's a twelve-hour day running the E-Z Call and Foxy-T and Ruji-Babes don't get out much, but they have each other and eat their take-outs by candlelight . . .

And all seems cool until Zafar Iqbal turns up on their doorstep looking for his grandad. Fresh from Feltham Young Offenders Centre and with a taste for the weed, Zafar's presence rapidly upsets the balance at the E-Z Call . . .

'One of the best London novels you'll ever get to read.' Toby Litt, Sunday Herald

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New Ed edition (2 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571216854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571216857
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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'One of the best London novels you'll ever get to read.' Toby Litt, Sunday Herald

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Tony White's most recent work of fiction is the novella Dicky Star and the Garden Rule(Forma), specially commissioned to accompany a series of works by the artists Jane and Louise Wilson marking the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Tony is the author of novels includingFoxy-T(Faber), the non-fiction work Another Fool in the Balkans (Cadogan) and editor and co-editor of short story collections including Croatian Nights (Serpent's Tail), with numerous short stories published in journals, exhibition catalogues and collections including All Hail the New Puritans (4th Estate). Tony has been writer in residence at the Science Museum, London and Leverhulme Trust writer in residence at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. Tony White collaborated with Blast Theory to write Ivy4evr, an SMS-based, interactive drama for young people broadcast by Channel 4 in October 2010 and nominated for a BIMA award in 2011 by the British Interactive Media Association. Tony White is currently chair of London's award-winning arts radio station Resonance 104.4fm.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic Language -- East End Style 21 Oct 2004
I first came across White via the Britpulp! anthology, in which his short story "A0" indicated talent and promise. This, his third novel, is set in Shadwell (East End London, between Whitechapel and Wapping), and written entirely in a Cockney-Carribean-South Asian patios that is both astonishing and somewhat dizzying. The experience is not unlike the first time one reads Scots (eg. James Kelman, or more popularly, Trainspotting). There's a lot of idiom and a definite rhythm and cadence, but if you're not from that world, it can take a little getting used to. Here's just a taste from page 85: "That afternoon pass quick init. Nuff runnings fe Zafar a check all them coming and going. Couple a youth check him too init. And Zafar still have a gut feeling for them type a runnings seen and since time a pass him figure that other rude boy what stop earlier on would be plan fe reach in a bit when still knowed where Zafar a go be."
The story concerns Foxy-T and Ruji Babes (names derived from their old graffiti tags), two hardworking young women who manage the E-Z Call Telephone and Internet Centre and live together in a flat above. The place is owned by Ruji's Bangladeshi uncle, who's overseas, and her flash gangster cousin comes by periodically to mind things. Ruji is the businesswoman, good with numbers, and kind of thin and worn down. Foxy-T is the techie, master of the phones, computers, and highly voluptuous. The two make good partners, and there is much speculation as to whether their close friendship extends to the bedroom. Their orderly domain gets thrown into a tizzy when Zafar Iqbal, just out of borstal, ends up on their doorstep. His grandfather used to own the place, and he had been planning on staying there to get back on his feet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best novel I've read in years 1 Oct 2003
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This fantastic, unexpected, hilarious and very sad work of genius kept me up all last night and made me phone in sick this morning just so I could finish it. An unbelievably good read - a real shard of excellence. Why it hasn't been more reviewed and isn't up for the Booker I have no idea. The language is so excellent! The plot so pacey! I could keep going for a long time, but you get my drift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars London Calling 9 Oct 2007
Foxy-T, Ruji Babes and Zafar Iqbal should be stars by now. This book is beautiful and filmic; written in a sharply caught Bangla London patois, lyrical, musical and fast. This is one of the great London novels. Here the geography is real and the people who inhabit this harshly lit world as detailed and loved as the author's cherished domain. The plot is simple - it doesn't need to be a labyrinthine construct; this could happen, you think. People do this. They behave strangely, and the inevitability of Zafar's fate makes this a beautiful and emotional response to real places in a real time. I think it's a masterpiece. Astonishing and audacious? Absolutely.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't I hear of this book when it came out? 24 Jun 2006
I came to this book through reading a review in which a comparison was made with Gautam Malkani's "Londonstani".

The characters must surely be drawn from life. Keenly observed, they are redrawn on these pages with respect and affection from the author. Plot was great. Language likewise. I could have given the 5 page sexual fantasy a miss, but never mind.

Above all, I rate this book for conveying the (claustraphobic) sense of living out a life within the streets of just one London neighbourhood.
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