Title: Pigeon English
Author: Stephen Kelman
This was a humorous and easy read. Stephen Kelman’s debut novel was shortlisted for the Man Booker for 2011 – a feat that even he was surprised by . It tells the story of eleven year old Ghanaian immigrant Harry Opoku who lives in inner-city London, in an area riddled by gang war and violence. Following the fatal stabbing of a fellow schoolmate by gang members in his neighbourhood, Harry, together with his best friend go about trying to solve the murder. Although told from Harry’s eleven year old perspective, the sense of danger is nuanced but effectively done.