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Street Boys: 7 Kids. 1 Estate. No Way Out. A True Story. [Paperback]

Tim Pritchard
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1 Oct 2008

The shocking, powerful true story of the lives of 7 young kids, marred by guns, gangs and violence on one of Britain’s toughest estates.

‘Eight years old. That’s when life went downhill. From eight years old nobody looked after me. I just lived on the streets and made do by myself. There was no one except me and my friends.’ Simon

This is the story of 7 young boys who have one thing in common – they grew up in a London street gang.

JaJa looks out of his kitchen window and sees drug dealers, pimps and whores. He ends up as a kid leading a street gang.

Phat Si comes home from school one day to find his mother gone so he takes to the streets. He’s 8 years old.

Ribz's mother sells crack and is sent to prison. He doesn't know who his father is but does know that his dad has an unknown number of children living on the same estate. He’s determined to find some kind of family.

Street Boys tells a powerful and important true story of courage, determination and hope – of creating a family from your friends and starting again when the world seems against you.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element (1 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007267061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007267064
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Powerful and moving.’ Mothers Against Guns

‘In a year which has seen street violence escalate, Street Boys sheds invaluable insight.’
Independent on Sunday

About the Author

Tim Pritchard is a documentary film maker and producer of the BAFTA award-winning series Ross Kemp on Gangs. He lives in London.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Responding to another review 12 Nov 2010
By chrys
Being now an adult that was bought up on a fairly rough council estate and often hang around south London for most my youthful age, I believe the book showed a true reflection on how the young boys felt and why they believed at the time, it was justifiable to act the way they did. The writer has grasped the London street language (actually) particularly well, considering the age group of the characters in the book and all credit to the writer, not many authors are accustomed to that sort of chat and thus have to imitate.
Responding to what another review said - Thank god, this book is not the typical condescending case study that often creates the perpetrator as the victim and/or overly sensitive to the subject matter. As yes, many of us were what some would say, socially deprived. Many stole because our mothers could not buy us the things we wanted - (not always needed)! Yes, many were bought up on one-parent families, took or sold drugs and most the people I know have ended up at least once in jail. On the contrary, to what another reader said, I believe, Pritchard represents this 'group' well. I think, for the sake of the boys, the writer purposely avoids making this story another big drama but offers what they say, (on the streets) 'it is what it is!' In addition, this is a good forum for the representation of those who have lived it and come through it! The author caught on to fine detail which rang true to home, such as a mother working long hard hours, but, leaving her children to fend (in some ways) on their on. Moreover, children pick up and grasp bad habits hence making poor decisions. Then saying that, a highly educated Harrow boy can also make poor decisions based on neglect of some sort and become a cocaine addict. Shall we class him as under-privileged?
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read, could not put it down 5 Nov 2008
By far one of the best books i have ever read ! A real eye opener to how other people live their lives !!

I could not put the book down in fact id finished it within 24 hours !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars street boys 31 Mar 2010
this book i couldnt put down,so interesting! just dont realise what goes on in the real world.brilliant!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Street boys 21 Nov 2009
I was given this book by my daughter as I ahd just finished a PhD which focussed on young black men. I could not put the book down and whilst I knew something of the lives of young black men, this book illuminated so well the struggles they face living in dreadful parts of London with no hope. Many had absent fathers and no role models.
Whilst no one should condone such violence, one needs to look to the 'hard' lives they lived without support, hope, love and direction.

One of the best books I have read and wish I had come across it sooner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I work locally to where this book is focused in forensic mental health. We see young men like this day in and day out. In the midst of poverty, crime and drugs people do manage to make strong and enduring relationships that see them through despite being overlooked and excluded by society. The hero of this book, Jaja, may not be everyones idea of a hero but he has tried to turn his life around and help others do the same. The last sentence of this book reads "Please help us." By reading this book and understanding the realities of life in places like Brixton for young Black men, I hope more people will try.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fanatastic 3 Dec 2009
This book was excellant. Real. Every teenager, parent needs to read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars worth a read 11 April 2014
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good book about the sad reality of what was is and probably will remain to be about problems about not only inner city but other places and how young people can be drawn into gangs due social circumstances in some instances and others for a sign of feeling hard and belonging
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 10 Feb 2014
By Helena
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I ordered this book as I lived not far from where it is set. It was a very interesting read and quite upsetting at times at the hardship these kids went through. I would definitely recommend this.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Street Boys
I read the back cover after reading this book it says " A true story of courage, determination and hope " what a load of rubbish. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good book. I'm a country boy, so its good to read something which is fairly alien to me. You can keep your streets. Ill stick with the trees. Good book though.
Published 11 months ago by James Maplethorpe
5.0 out of 5 stars Street Boys: 7 Kids, 1 Estate, No way out
I was told to get this as it is about the area where I brought my boys, it scared me to read some of the things these kids got up to and worse still my boys are the around the same... Read more
Published on 4 May 2012 by Tia
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt
I didn't know what to expect when buying this book, after i read it it's now one my favorites. A well written story.
Published on 19 Mar 2012 by Verses
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
After reading the reviews on this book with the "cant put it down" statement being to the fore, I was very disappointed with this book. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2010 by Murray Firth
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written and poorly researched....
I had high hopes for this book, thinking it would offer an authoritative perspective on urban adolescent society. Unfortunately, it simply didn't deliver. Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2010 by Robert Lawson
2.0 out of 5 stars repetitive
This book was very repetitive. I found it boring, it was the same thing over and over.
Published on 3 April 2010 by lynneje
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