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Benjamin Zephaniah
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18 Feb 2011 Quick Reads

Benjamin Zephaniah decides he has had enough of London. So he takes off to China, specifically to Shaolin Temple, the spiritual home of martial arts and kung fu. Benjamin wants to take on an instructor who will teach him more about kung fu. But finding a good instructor is difficult, and the instructor he does finally locate is not only called 'Iron Breath' but also proves a very hard taskmaster . . .

An extraordinary snapshot of Benjamin's life plus Benjamin's own views on politics, Buddhism, kung fu, vegans and much else. But this is also a fascinating insight into China itself, and the huge variety of people who Benjamin meets - who react very differently to the appearance of a Rasta in their midst: on occasions even fainting or bowing to Benjamin, thinking he is a god!

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (18 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408802902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408802908
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 12.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Benjamin Zephaniah is probably one of the most high-profile international authors writing today, with an enormous breadth of appeal, equally popular with adults and children. Most well-known for his performance poetry with a political edge for adults and ground-breaking performace poetry for children, Benjamin has also written several urban novels for teenagers. Benjamin has his own rap/reggae band and has appeared on Desert Island Discs. He travels the world speaking about his books and poetry.

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'Zephaniah writes where others fear to tread . . . [he] writes with rare understanding' (Observer)

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Benjamin Zephaniah reveals all, in his own inimitable style, about his memorable experiences in China and also all about his love of kung fu

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5.0 out of 5 stars Kung Fu - Afro Botty style 2 Mar 2011
By miraum
Benjamin Zephaniah describes his encounters with people and places in China with a wry, warm humour. are just some of the people whom he meets, on his journey to the famous Shoaling temple. It is interesting to see how appreciation of other cultures is shaped through global media [especially pop music] - the dread-locked Zephaniah is accosted a number of times, being identified with Bob Marley, Eddy Grant and even Lionel Ritchie. The encounter with the insistent autograph seeker on the aeroplane, who wants an autograph from Bob Marley at any cost, undaunted and even dismissive of the fact that Benjamin has told him that he is a poet and not the dead musician. Zephaniah also has his own expectations of the iconic Shaolin temple, which he has to review in its present reality, as he meets 'stiff-eyebrow' Iron Breath, who teaches him Kung-fu, the pizza eating Fat Thumb [a would-be monk from Birmingham], and the calm and collected Yan li, who surprises him with a karoake rendition of `I will survive` . A delightful and warm-hearted book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent quick read. 24 Feb 2014
I really enjoyed this quick read. It's fun, quirky and interesting and a beautiful way of introducing another culture.

Benjamin Zephaniah takes the reader on a very enjoyable journey by introducing some interesting characters such as the "Kissy Kissy" woman, Fat Thumb and of course his Sufi (teacher) Iron Breath.

I now want to go and visit China myself.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and entertaining 6 Jun 2013
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Excellent! I'm writing this review months after reading it but I can remember chuckling and enjoying the wit and humour!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A different view 30 Mar 2013
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Took me an hour to read but shorter doesn't mean no depth. Showed that first impressions aren't always right. Concise, simple and entertaining. BIOZ never disappoints!
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5.0 out of 5 stars usual high standard from BZ 15 Jan 2013
By Sue
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Read it in one enjoyable sitting. So vivid I felt like I was travelling with him. I could smell the journey. BZ's philosophy always leaves me calm, reflective and smiling. Nice one!
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