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Beautifully characterised, often very funny, and filled of heartbreak,
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This review is from: Pigeon English (Kindle Edition)Harri is from Ghana, transplanted to a violent London estate. He's the best runner in year 7, and loves to ease himself in a bubbly, bleach filled toilet as it makes him feel like God peeing on the clouds.
This book's written in Harri's voice, filled with Ghanian patois and childlike innocence at the violence and knife crime that surrounds him.
The characters are brilliantly drawn. Harri's mother, a religious woman desperately maintaining the family's precarious existence, doesn't believe in the gambling. But there's a poignant moment when Harri finds her old Lotto ticket.
The most amusing is Takeaway Terry with his dopey Staffie named Asbo, a comedy interlude who sells various pieces of stolen property.
The violence builds as the book goes on-- and I spent the last pages praying that what was inevitably going to happen, wouldn't.
A funny, moving and ultimately upsetting read. Highly recommend it.