: Brixton Rock (): Alex Wheatle: Books. Brenton Brown is 16 years old. A mixed race youth, Brenton has lived in a children’s home all his life. Being reunited with his mother is the best thing th. Brixton Rock. Alex Wheatle. Set against the backdrop of the Brixton race riots in London in the s, this novel tells a story of overcoming obstacles from a.

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The pace doesn’t really pick up and some of the events were simply too problematic for me to really understand or, rather, want to understand. Through it all, this determined teen is driven to pursue education and recognize his true self in the midst of chaos.

The culture and brixto of the black neighbourhoods in London in the eighties is sketched in everyday scenes. Some familiar slang terms showing where south london slang language evolved from. Akungfunoise rated it really liked it Feb 23, The main story is so true of children brought up in care then find their birth families. Then you can start reading Kindle aalex on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required.

Brixton Rock: : Alex Wheatle: Books

By Wheatle was residing in a social services hostel in Brixton, South London. Brixgon first novel, Brixton Rockwas published to critical acclaim in Wheatle gives us a fascinating snapshot of black English in the early eighties Daily Telegraph ‘Alex Wheatle’s narrative is pacey; witty; his characters real and recognisable.


Skip to main content. See our Brixtton Policy. The story however was not what I was expecting and quite an uncomfortable subject. Write a customer review.

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Wheatle spent much of his childhood in a Surrey children’s home. Add all three to Basket. Mar 06, Mirte rated it it was ok Shelves: Wheatle’s debut novel, Brixton Rock, was adapted for the stage and performed at the Young Vic in July Gave insight into the life of Brixton’s hard done by. Showing of 19 reviews. Though the male characters are complex, the female characters are one-dimensional and defined by one character trait only.

His books are on school reading lists and Alex takes part in Black History Month every year, working with Booktrust and the Children’s Discovery Centre to promote reading.

Oh, and I won’t leave any spoilers, but I thought one of the themes of the whratle was unnecessarily yucky!

I’m only just old enough to remember the Brixton Riots and being a white girl from N Ireland I knew nothing about why it happened. Don’t have a Kindle? Look out for the next one but definitely read this narrative, it’s pacey; witty; his characters real and recognisable.

He is a member of English PEN. I loved this book with all my heart. Partly because the weather wheatoe windy and down pouring with rain and an hour to spare. I did wonder if the riots themselves would feature and there was always a sense of something brewing.


He has since been called upon to talk on the subject of the Brixton riots, most prominently in the BBC programme “Battle for Brixton”. But a strange series of events soon push him to the edge. The author has obviously used history to their advantage.

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Still, I did not really connect with any of the characters and, horrible as it may be, felt very white and middle-class and female while reading it. Through it all, this determined teen is driven to pursue education and recognize his true self in the midst of chaos. He spent a short stint in prison following the Brixton uprising in Nov 23, Matthew Briton rated it really liked it. Given how comprehensively gentrified Brixton has become, it’s very valuable and interesting to have this memento of its previous incarnation.

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