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Scotland Yardie – Bobby Joseph

Scotland Yardie is the eponymous hero of this graphic novel created by Bobby Joseph, (creator of the 90s Black British comic Skank Magazine). Brought in from the Jamaican police force as part of a new (and not in the least cynical) drive to attract ethnic minorities to the Met, Yardie abides by his own set of … Continue reading

Lynch’s Road

At first glance D.D. Armstrong’s debut novel Lynch’s Road, appears to be just another novel about crime, drug dealers, addicts, and violence within the black community, novels which at times fill my heart with despair as I begin to wonder ‘do we not have any other stories to tell?’. However, I was suitably surprised as this novel … Continue reading

The Silent Twins

The Silent Twins is journalist Marjorie Wallace’s moving and compulsive true story about identical twins June and Jennifer Gibbons . From a young age, the twins refused to speak to anyone, including their parents and siblings. The reasons for their shared silence is never fully understood. Though the sisters did have a slight speech impairment, … Continue reading

Brixton Rock

In keeping with the Brixton vibe, I’ve just read Brixton Rock by Alex Wheatle. Set in the late seventies to early eighties, Wheatle’s debut novel tells the story of Brenton Brown, a sixteen year-old mixed race teenager, living in a hostel for young people recently released from the care system. Angry at the fact that … Continue reading

The Street

I first read The Street by Biyi Bandele a few years ago when I was studying English Lit, and back then I declared it my favourite book. Now having re-read it, I wouldn’t say it was my favourite read but it still charms mainly because it’s set in Brixton and it accurately, in my view, … Continue reading

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