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Bali Rai - Author

I was born in Leicester in 1971 and have lived there for most of my life apart from the five years I spent in London, doing a bit of uni work and a whole lot of other stuff. I eventually graduated in Politics ( I think my professor took pity on me ) from Southbank University in 1994. Upon leaving uni I decided that I had to get a job and join the real world. This led to a period in which I did some really boring jobs, like selling random things over the phone, managing the stacking of shelves and letting people into a cinema (all roles which obviously required a deep knowledge of Marxist philosophy ).

I came back to Leicester in 1995 with no money and a distant dream about becoming the next Sue Townsend and eventually found myself managing a bar and then a nightclub. Now I'm not saying that it was particularly hard work - it was fun - but at the same time I started to write the story that would become (un)arranged marriage, my first novel for teenagers.

My own influences are wide-ranging. My favourite writers are Roald Dahl, Sue Townsend and crime writers such as James Lee Burke, James Ellroy and Walter Mosely. I'm an avid fan of Reggae Music and artists such as Bob Marley, Burning Spear and Dennis Brown, amongst others, not only have me singing along (badly) but inform much of the way that I look at the World and things in it.

Bali is Booktrust's online writer in residence. Click here to read his blog.

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Game on
Bali Rai
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Young footballer Baljit, the hero of Bali Rai's Dream On, is preparing for a trial with Liverpool FC's youth squad – something he's dreamed of all his life. But there's lots else going...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Dream on
Bali Rai
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Baljit – Jit to his school friends – helps out in his father's chippy but dreams of playing football in the Premier League. When he's given a chance to take part in open trials for...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/11/2014
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Old Dog, New Tricks
Bali Rai
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8+ Award-winning Bali Rai pulls no punches in his story about Mick, the neighbour from hell and his unpleasant, racist attitudes. Harvey's family do...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2014
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Shivers
Bali Rai
Interest Age teen - Reading Age 8+ Bali Rai hits hard in this dark and haunting teen novel. Nothing has gone well for Sam since he and his mother were forced to leave their comfortable home after his dad's disappearance...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/01/2013
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Killing Honour
Bali Rai
Thoughtful and deeply moving, this book packs a hard punch. From the moment that his sister Jas disappears, Sat knows that something serious has gone wrong. Accused by her husband of running off with a boyfriend, Jas just vanishes. While...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2011
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(Un)arranged Marriage
Bali Rai
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. This highly personal story was partly influenced by Bali...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 01/05/2001
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