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Pigeon English - Stephen Kelman

Pigeon English - Stephen Kelman

Author:  Stephen Kelman

ISBN:  9781408810637

Weight:  990 g

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Pigeon English – Stephen Kelman

Newly arrived from Ghana with his mother and older sister, eleven-year-old Harrison Opoku lives on the ninth floor of a block of flats on an inner-city housing estate.  The second best runner in the whole of Year 7, Harri races through his new life in his personalised trainers – the Adidas stripes drawn on with marker pen – blissfully unaware of the very real threat all around him.

With equal fascination for the local gang – the Dell Farm Crew – and the pigeon who visits his balcony, Harri absorbs the many strange elements of his new life in England: watching, listening, and learning the tricks of urban survival.

But when a boy is knifed to death on the high street and a police appeal for witnesses draws only silence, Harri decides to start a murder investigation of his own.  In doing so, he unwittingly endangers the fragile web his mother has spun around her family to try and keep them safe.

A story of innocence and experience, hope and harsh reality, Pigeon English is a spellbinding portrayal of a boy balancing on the edge of manhood and of the forces around him that try to shape the way he falls.

Bibliographic Data
Title:Pigeon English
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Book features:Card cover with French flaps
Overall condition:Fine – some light scuffing to spine and edges that's considered typical of a book with a card cover.
Signed:Yes – on the title page [first name only]
Book Stats
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing
Awards and prizes:Shortlisted for the 2011 Booker Prize,
Shortlisted for the 2011 Desmond Elliott Prize
Publication date:
Printed by:Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13:9781408810637
ISBN 10:1408810638
Format:Paperback (softcover)
H x W x D:233 x 155 x 24mm
Design Credits
Cover design:Holly Macdonald

Collectors Notes

  • Pigeon English, Stephen Kelman’s debut novel, was shortlisted for both the 2011 Man Booker Prize and the 2011 Desmond Elliott Prize.

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