'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'
From the Publisher
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.