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Crongton: Home Girl

On sale

4th April 2019

Price: £7.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349003252

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‘Alex Wheatle is the real deal; he writes with heart and authenticity, books that make you laugh and worry and cry and hold your breath. It’s a pity there’s only one of him’ Kit de Waal

‘I love Alex and all he stands for in the world of literature’ Kerry Hudson

‘Alex Wheatle is an inspirer. He is a vital writer. He is a prince among men. Long may he reign’ Lemn Sissay

‘An author with great talent and great heart’ David Almond

‘A major voice in British children’s literature’ S F Said


‘Alex is a one of our foremost literary activists, giving voice to the black working class experience with unsurpassed clarity and compassion. For this alone he should be universally considered a national treasure’ Stephen Kelman


‘A writer who knows unseen places, unheard people and untold stories because he has lived a life that might have remained hidden if he hadn’t found within him the urge and talent to write’ Yasmin Alibhai-Brown


‘This isn’t my home. Haven’t had a proper home since…This is just somewhere I’ll be resting my bones for a week and maybe a bit. This time next year you’ll forget who I am. I haven’t got a diddly where I’ll be by then. But I’m used to it’


New from the winner of the Guardian Children’s Book Award: Home Girl is the story of Naomi, a teenage girl growing up fast in the care system. It is a wholly modern story which sheds a much needed light on what can be an unsettling life – and the consequences that can follow when children are treated like pawns on a family chessboard.

Home Girl is fast-paced and funny, tender, tragic and full of courage – just like Naomi. It is award-winning author Alex Wheatle’s most moving and personal novel to date.

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Reviews

Kerry Hudson, author of Lowborn
I love Alex and all he stands for in the world of literature.
Kerry Hudson
I love Alex and all he stands for in the world of literature
Independent
Straight Outta Crongton has "classic" singing from every page ... A joyous shout of youthful exuberance ... Wheatle's Twain-like command of patois never falters ... Enriching and life-affirming ... A total gem
Kit de Waal
Alex Wheatle is the real deal; he writes with heart and authenticity, books that make you laugh and worry and cry and hold your breath. It's a pity there's only one of him
the Guardian
Studded with Wheatle's characteristic slang, Naomi's story is both heartbreaking and hilarious, offering no easy happy endings, but a flickering sense of hope.
Observer
Wheatle's empathy, authentic characters and rich dialogue illuminate
Tanya Landman
Brilliant, tough, heartbreaking read
Kit de Waal, author of My Name is Leon
Alex Wheatle is the real deal; he writes with heart and authenticity, books that make you laugh and worry and cry and hold your breath. It's a pity there's only one of him.
Patrice Lawrence
Alex Wheatle captures the rhythm and movement of language though simile, humour and redefinitions of meaning . . . Straight Outta Crongton is a book full of humour and tenderness.
David Almond
Elegant, authentic and humane. Straight Outta Crongton hums with the beat of real life and the language sings from the page. This is mature, powerful writing by an author with great talent and great heart.