Pigeon English

By Stephen Kelman
(Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780547737423, 263pp.)

Publication Date: June 19, 2012

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In this acclaimed debut, Stephen Kelman brings us a “hero for our times,”* a boy with an unforgettable voice and an ebullience that can’t help but fill your heart.
   Recently emigrated from Ghana to one of London’s enormous housing projects, Harrison Opoku is awed by the city, obsessed with gummy candy, and a friend to everyone he meets. His story begins with the random knifing of one of his schoolmates. The police have no leads, so Harri and his best friend launch into action. Armed with camouflage binoculars and detective techniques absorbed from TV, they gather evidence and lay traps to find the murderer. In the great tradition of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Pigeon English takes us deeply and fully into one boy’s life.

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About the Author
Stephen Kelman grew up in the housing projects of Luton, England. He has worked as a careworker, a warehouse operative, in marketing, and in local government administration. Pigeon English was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Desmond Elliot prizes and was named a best first novel of 2011 * in his native England; it has been published in twenty countries.

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