Straight Outta Crongton by Alex Wheatle

Straight Outta Crongton

Written by Alex Wheatle
Part of the Crongton Series

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From the acclaimed author of Liccle Bit and Crongton Knights, comes another story from the South Crong council estate.

*** Win a visit to your school from Alex Wheatle! The award winning author of the Crongton series is donating himself as a prize to join your school day, with tips on writing and being an award winning he will bring along copies of his books to give away. Find out more here - but be quick! The competition closes on 30 April.


Straight Outta Crongton by Alex Wheatle

Round these ends, it's hard to hold on to your dreams Life's a constant hustle for Mo. Her mum's boyfriend Lloyd is just another man who likes to beat down women; the South Crong streets are fraught with hazards and nasty G's; and when it comes to matters of the heart ...she's still hung up on Sam. No wonder she's vexed so much of the time. Thank god her sistrens, Elaine and Naomi, are on her side: if one of them falls then they all fall. But when badness goes down and a life is left hanging in the balance, Mo has to face her hot urge for revenge ...and she might end up losing more than she wins.


Praise for Liccle Bit:

‘A gripping tale of family and friends, love and loyalty’ Malorie Blackman

‘strong messages about love and loyalty’ Telegraph Online

‘sings with warmth in spite of its tough setting’ Sunday Herald

Praise for Crongton Knights:

‘[This] will soon be on school reading lists and examination syllabuses everywhere, as it 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 for any age' Independent

‘A fast-paced, funny ride’ Metro

'Brilliant, tough, heartbreaking read' Tanya Landman, author of Buffalo Soldier, Carnegie medal winner

About the Author

Alex Wheatle

Born in 1963 to Jamaican parents living in Brixton, Alex Wheatle spent most of his childhood in a Surrey children's home. He returned to Brixton in 1977 where he founded the Crucial Rocker sound system and performed his own songs and lyrics under the name of Yardman Irie. He spent a short stint in prison following the Brixton uprising of 1981. Following his release from prison he continued to write poems and lyrics and became known as the Brixton Bard.

Alex's first novel, Brixton Rock, was published to critical acclaim in 1999. Five more novels, East of Acre Lane, The Seven Sisters, Island Songs, Checkers and The Dirty South followed, all highly praised. His books are on school reading lists, Alex takes part in Black History Month every year, works with Streatham Youth Community Trust, helping to run a homework club. He is representing English PEN, and tours the country with his one-man show, Uprising. He teaches in various places including Lambeth College, holds workshops in prisons and is frequently invited to schools to speak to students, inspiring in them with his own story a passion for literature.

Alex also appears regularly on BBC1's The One Show and on radio. In the autumn of 2010 he wrote and performed his own one-man autobiographical show for Tara Arts, Uprising, and took the performance on tour in October 2012. He was at Harrogate Crime Writing Festival in July 2011. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to literature in 2008. A favourite of reading groups and libraries, he is UK's most read Black British author. He is working on a non-fiction book about Black Britain and on more Young Adult novels. He lives with his family in South London.

photo credit: Walter White

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304 pages


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ATOM an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Publication date

6th April 2017




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