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Homegrown [Paperback]

Gareth Joseph
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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3 May 2001
Ditton is a small-time dealer who just wants to stay out of trouble. He's seen enough trouble. He's seen his brother beaten and brain-damaged - rumour has it by the police. But the harder Ditton tries to go straight, the more people keep dragging him back into the life. Like Jonah, whose violent, unpredictable nature looks set to ignite an all-out turf war between the area's biggest criminals. Like Nash, a psychopath who thinks Ditton's brother is responsible for putting him behind bars. And like Michelle, who just wants a future for her little boy, whatever the cost. But most of all, like Milk and Vaughan, Ditton's childhood friends, who he tries to protect everyone from, not least of all themselves. But time is running out. Ditton has only got a week to get out and if he doesn't, he won't be getting out, ever...

Product details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (3 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747266654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747266655
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,292,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Urban crime from a young black author the media is going to love. He is a south London social worker and he's seen it all. The writing is from the heart, and the grit, laced with humour, comes through (Bookseller)

An explosive debut (Publishing News)

Joseph weaves a tale so airtight the pleasure of reading turns into a minor form of pain... Enthralling narrative and deliciously written characters (Pride)

Book Description

Three friends, a stash of drugs and a huge misunderstanding... A turf war brews on the streets of south London and Ditton has only the help of his two friends and seven days in which to prevent it. Gareth Joseph follows in the footsteps of Martina Cole, offering a slice of real life from south London

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3.0 out of 5 stars not a bad debut 5 Jun 2003
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Not a bad effort the author has a good descriptive of present day London coupled with some cracking dialogue.I did think it lost its way in certain parts but managed to pull it around when it went astray.I did sense the ending and there wasnt much or a surprise element for me personally.Also the depiction of white women throughout the book left a lot to be desired Im sure if it was the other way round accusations of racism would be levelled at the author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut 13 Feb 2004
I think Homegrown was an excellent portrayal of urban life in London and how the characters attempted to survive in that setting. I found that in places the dialogue became a little confusing and I would have probably liked to see a family tree of some sort to connect everybody at the beginning to link the characters.
Apart from this I felt the story was gripping from beginning to end I was touched and near tears at the abuse of little Darryl it was an excellent piece of prose. It set the tone and actually made sense to the character of Barrett. Also raising the issue of social care in the UK especially with the social worker being the pimp.
A great book I think I would like to maybe read it again to get a real sense of the confusion I faced but other than that excellent!! They should think about transferring it to the screen in a serial on BBC or something similar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is Wicked!!! 13 Nov 2001
By A Customer
I thought this looked like an easy read, something to dip in and out of when I was bored, but I found it totally riviting. I couldn't stop reading it! I even made time in my day especially to catch up the goings-on of the wannabe gangsters. I sincerely hope we get a sequel, or something very similar, form Gareth Joseph.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put it Down!!! 4 Jun 2001
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I bought this book as a quick read in the park, but found myself six hours later still wanting to read on. Gareth Joseph has created charactors so believable that you empathise with their every action. This was a completely compelling insight into a world where you would really rather be a fly on the wall than part of it.
This book screams out 'come and have a go if you think you're hard enough' from the first page. An absolute must for anyone who has the stomach for it.
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