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A coming-of-age novel set in contemporary London and Hertfordshire. Fifteen-year-old Donald Leroy Samson is the son of an absentee St Lucian father and a drug-addicted English mother. Growing up in dire poverty in Hackney, East London, his life is shaped by casual violence, gang initiation, drug-dealing and knife crime. When Donny’s bored, rich, white girlfriend Zoe is offered a dubious modelling audition, the couple ‘borrow’ a barge and navigate the 29 locks on the canal system from Hertfordshire down into Kings Cross.
When they start out on their journey, the future for both of them looks unpromising, like the fake audition, but as each lock is navigated and conquered, as the waters fall then rise again, their adventure takes on a new dimension. Life will never be the same again. A gritty, urban tale of redemption!
'Nicola Garrard finds and sustains a fresh voice, from inside a hazardous childhood world. Her characters are convincing and the development of her story original and satisfying. An impressive, accomplished debut' Dr Lindsey Traub, Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize
|Publication date:||30th September 2021|
|Publisher:||HopeRoad an imprint of HopeRoad Publishing Ltd|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers|
|Genres:||Gritty Reads, Romance / Relationship Stories|
|Recommendations:||Debuts of the Month|
Nicola Garrard grew up in Devon, France and Sussex. She studied English Literature, with a focus on representations of race in Early Modern theatre. She has taught in secondary schools for twenty-three years. Her first novel, 29 Locks was shortlisted in the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize and the Mslexia Children's Novel Competition. She lives in Sussex with her partner, three children and a Jack Russell terrier. Her family is typical of modern Britain, with roots in England, Scotland and Trinidad.More About Nicola Garrard