Kelman’s story takes the reader into the shoes of a young African boy starting school having migrated to London. The colloquialisms and typical slang used throughout offer a realistic perspective of London life for the young, and how a naïve and excited child can soon be thrown into dark and terrible situations.
Pigeon English describes the innocent transition a child can make to become involved with the wrong crowds, ultimately portraying how even the kindest souls can fall to peer pressure to the worst outcomes. This is quite a short novel, yet extremely hard hitting, one I’d recommend to provide a different outlook on how violence can spread from a young age.
Length: 272 (Bloomsbury)
Overall Rating: 3 stars
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