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Prisoner to the Streets Paperback – 24 Jan 2013
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This changed my perspective on gangs --Russell Brand
Everyone should read this book --Wretch 32
About the Author
Robyn is an author and passionate speaker and advocate for young people. He regularly uses his own life experiences to try and teach, educate, and inspire younger generations. This is a brand new edition with new edit and book jacket to celebrate the publication of Travis' debut novel Mama Can't Raise No Man coming in October 2016
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This is the best book I have read this year by far, as I was born in Hackney and still live there I could relate to Robyn Travis. I went to the book launch of " Mama can't raise no man" by the same author and wanted to know more about Robyn. Also to fill out the Hackney Empire the way it was that night is a Big task.
This book was able to bring me to my youth as I too use to play in Holly Street back in the day.
I don't know him personally but I am so proud of him, and yes, he is truly blessed.
This book has encouraged our young people affected/affiliated with ‘gangs’ to question themselves, their loyalties, their commitments, in their own language. In a style they relate to. No glorification, just rawness. Only wish I could afford to give one to every client (and professional!).
I finished Middlesex uni in 2013 and that’s where I was first introduced to your book. Got a lot out of that uni, your book has always been top of my list.
As a woman, you’ve changed how I want to mother children. How important the use of language is. You are a true king.
Thank you thank you thank. From the bottom of my heart. SO proud of you. Jules. X
I honestly felt the passion in his words. I feel as though I know him!
I received this book Friday midday and finished by Sunday- I just couldn’t put the book down. I took it EVERYWHERE with me. So proud of him. Feel like he’s my friend. Very happyfor you Robyn x
When I picked up this book I did not put it down, being from the area helped because I could see everything in my head, I felt like I was there, like Robyn was talking to me directly. It was just me and him and his true feelings. Nothing in this book is watered down or buttered up. To be honest that is how life is. We live it differently, we judge we do so much but what is it we can do to change peoples minds or at least give someone the option of thinking differently through writing. Someone who is known locally that the kids living this life can reality too. To be honest they do not want to hear the toned down version they want to hear the thoughts of someone who has been through it someone who has lived it someone they can relate too.
That is what this book provides, when Robyn was sad I was sad when he was angry I was angry that is the type of emotions I felt. This is a man that despite the negative influence still tried to change and realised the only way in doing so was facing his demons.
Without spoiling it this is all I can say pick it up you will not be disappointed this is a man who lived that street life and wanted to change if you do to or you want to help someone do so. You will not go wrong by reading this book.
No longer should we stand by and watch our kids, loved ones friends become "Prisoners to the streets "If you don't hear, you must feel" but at least give yourself or a loved one a chance to hear. You never know the change it could bring.