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“Pacey; witty; his characters are real and recognisable” LINTON KWESI JOHNSON

“Alex Wheatle writes from a place of honesty and passion with the full knowledge and understanding that change can only happen through words and actions” STEVE McQUEEN, director of Small Axe

South London in the 1980s. Brenton Brown is a 16-year-old mixed-heritage boy who has lived in a children’s home all his life. He has never met his mother and is haunted by her loss.

The best thing happens: Brenton is reunited with his mother, Cynthia.

And then the worst: he falls in love with his beautiful half-sister, Juliet.

At the same time, Brenton meets his nemesis in the shape of Terry Flynn, a killer who scars him for life. Brenton must seek revenge. All this leads to an explosive climax as Brenton struggles to hold on to his sanity.

Brixton Rock is the powerfully explosive debut of one of the UK’s finest writers, with pitch-perfect descriptions of South London street life.


Brixton Rock is a pacey document of teenage angst ... which is why the pockets of humour prove to be such a triumph. This is a debut which confirms its author is a pro in prose
The Times
The novel's real strength lies in the dialogue. Wheatle gives us a fascinating snapshot of Black English in the early eighties
Daily Telegraph
Sharp-edged and sardonically funny, Brixton Rock is Graham Greene for the hip-hop generation
Barry Forshaw, Crime Time
A powerful debut ... a real page turner. The mystery and intrigue just keeps on coming as the suspense builds to an explosive ending
Big Issue
Alex Wheatle's Brixton Rock has initiated the debate on how it feels to be a mixed-race Briton
New Statesman