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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: MAIA BOOKS; First Edition edition (1 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904559093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904559092
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dreda Say Mitchell was born in London's East End in 1965. She has worked as an education consultant and a teacher in both primary and secondary schools. She has a degree in African history from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a MA in education studies.

Her first novel, RUNNING HOT, was published in 2004 by the Maia Press and won the Crime Writers' Association's John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award for best first novel.

She loves to travel, with her hot feet taking her as far a field as Cambodia and Laos to the Lebanon and Ethiopia. She especially loves to relax in Grenada where her family are from. She continues to live in east London with her partner, Tony.

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'Lock, stock and a twenty-year-old mobile phone,at last I know my way round the North London gun belt!' -- Nigel Planer, actor, writer & comedian

'Swaggeringly cool and incredibly funny . . . maintains a cracking pace through clever plotting with a brilliant ear for snappy, street-smart dialogue' -- Gregor White, Stirling Observer, 14 Jan 2005

A cacophany of voices across the classes. Pacy, vivid, and at times extremely funny. -- Christina Patterson, Independent, 31 August 2007

A likeable social-protest-cum-crime-caper story . . . An impressive first book with a strong sense of place and community. -- Christopher Taylor, Sunday Telegraph, December 19, 2004

An exciting new voice in urban fiction . . . her prose has an individual, slangily poetic zip. . . .It certainly has fictional authenticity -- Nicholas Clee, The Guardian, 19 April 2005

Intriguing, touching and colourful . . .Dreda Say Mitchell is a writer to watch -- Natasha Cooper, TLS, 25 February 2005

Prestigious Crime Writers' Association prize for debut crime fiction -- Shortlisted, John Creasey Memorial Award 2005

‘Lock, stock and a twenty-year-old mobile phone, at last I know my way round the North London gun belt!’ -- Nigel Planer, star of 'The Young Ones'

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Dreda Say Mitchell perfectly captures the tough and brittle atmosphere of contemporary inner London, and brings otherwise marginalised voices to the centre stage. Schoolboy is a remarkable and unforgettable character. This highly original new novel is a striking debut from a writer of verve and distinction.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By dannynet on 22 Mar. 2005
Format: Paperback
This book surprised me: it's a real page turner. Ultimately it's uplifting but you go through the highs and lows with Schoolboy, the main protagonist. As I read this book I desperately wanted to know what would happen to Schoolboy - the author has developed a character for whom you can't help but have a real empathy. The book is well paced, pushing the story forward the whole time in the midst of believable relationships between believable characters. Dreda Say Mitchell manages to convey a sense of the danger of living in gangland London whilst convincing us of the love and respect that nurtures the characters in this tough environment...and she uses language in an engaging and exciting way. I'd definitely recommend this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mary on 21 Oct. 2004
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I received Running Hot fresh off the press. I thought I would just take five minutes to flick through the first few pages, but found myself completely unable to put it down. Dreda Say Mitchell draws compelling characters in a situation which becomes ever more gripping as the story unfolds. Her writing is spare and sharp and she conveys the harsh reality of the world that Schoolboy inhabits while still retaining humour and warmth. She took me into an unfamiliar world and made me believe everything she said. I was amazed to find out that such an accomplished piece of work was this author's first novel, and I am certainly looking forward to her next.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Feb. 2011
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I only recently discovered Dreda Say Mitchell and was blown away with her two latest books Geezer Girls and Gangster Girls. I decided to buy her other two books and pre-order her newest which is due for release in March 2011. This book Running Hot was her debut novel which was published in 2004.

When the book arrived I was surprised to see it was a little shorter that the other two at just over 300 pages. I liked the sound of the write up on the jacket and was really looking forward to this one.

The book doesn't take long to get in to but the only thing that is a vast difference to her others is the setting of this one. Set in Hackney in London we meet people from `the street' and what goes with that is the way they talk. I worked in South East London for over 8 years so had no problem deciphering what the street lingo was but some people may struggle at times. To give you an example the word `ting' is used for `thing' so if you struggle with language written the way it is spoken on the street you may not be a fan.

However, this was no issue for me and I found myself being drawn into the world of Schoolboy. In actual fact I think the way the language is written makes it more urban and gritty and takes a lot less time and imagination to really get a feel for what life is like in that part of Hackney for Schoolboy.

When he discovers the phone at the very beginning, we also see excerpts from the people that are hunting the phone, and they are not happy people! The whole story is based on what on earth Schoolboy can do to get rid of the phone that everybody seems to want and at the same time get the case he so desperately needs to start afresh.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Howell on 24 Oct. 2004
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A totally riveting read from start to finish. A gritty,witty, exciting portrayal of urban street life. This book moves at a tremendous pace with strong characterisations and a frighteningly realistic storyline. I was captivated by 'schoolboy's'struggle to survive and completely drawn in to his moody world. I found his redemption an inspiration, making this a 'must read' for all youngsters of 'schoolboys' ilk.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Sue Gollop on 31 Oct. 2004
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A tough yet tender account of Schoolboy's search for a new life away from the grim reality of inner urban existence. The author makes us want him to succeed in spite of temptations and vanities which threaten his deliverance. A gripping read which is full of Hackney street humour and pathos-served up with mum's words of wisdom and Caribbean curry which inspire the search. A book for all who should know about this underworld, and for anybody who wants an unusual, taut and thoroughly modern read. Don't keep us waiting too long for the next book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Jacques on 12 July 2011
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I found this book alright to start with, then got halfway and thought it was hard work. But i had to find out if he made to Devon in the end. I even found myself cheating and flicking pages, it was just LOOOONNNNG. Looking forward to Hit Girls hopefully it will be better read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Barrell on 6 April 2010
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This book is extremely well written by an author who knows her area and the lives of the people she writes about. Very strong story lines and very much in the ilk of Martina Cole. I will definitely be reading the rest of her books.
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