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29 Locks

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Donny's inner strength is one to be admired and whilst you nay want to scream at the pages, you will also cheer him on. I was rooting for Donny from the off, and the unwavering love he had for his mother despite the crappy life she gave him, was heart warming. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. However, I liked Donny and rooted for him, and would've liked to have seen more depth to his character development. Although this story was written using words and expressions from multicultural London, I found it an easy to follow read.

After some trouble and an unexpected death, Donny finds himself back in the system and on his way to County. Urgent, authentic, satisfying and an anthem for the ordinary spirit that burns so fiercely inside each of us. After all, it's all he knows from early childhood and having a single mum addicted yo crack and God knows what else. I think because of the slang and language used its better for a British audience but its been written well and despite having some gangs and violence at the beginning it does have more uplifting moments after Donny leaves London and he is able to grow.No, what 29 Locks has is the ability to knock the reader down and make them sorely wish you could help Donny escape what seems to be an inevitable conclusion - another teenage addict, a runner for some arrogant faceless monster who loves money and cares little about consequences, a name on a faded memorial. When Donny's posh new friend Zoe is offered a dubious modelling audition in London, the pair decide to 'borrow' a canal barge and navigate the 29 locks down to Kings Cross. Donny's fate as I say, seems sealed and he's to be either an addict or responsible for others no matter what he does. I studied English Literature at university and have taught in secondary schools for 23 years, including 15 years at an inner-city London comprehensive. His voice is lively and endearing, and because he's such a cracking storyteller I was happily taken in to the story from page one.

Life in the rural Home Counties is a bit like landing on another planet but doing work experience on the Hertford Union Canal, Donny feels like he's finally found his purpose. Growing up in dire poverty in Hackney, East London, his life is shaped by casual violence, gang initiation, drug-dealing, and knife crime. To survive, he must rely on the help of unaccompanied teenage refugees, living rough in the dunes east of Calais. This is committed fiction, but the heavy lifting is done by exciting storytelling and compelling characters, not preaching.Difficult and complex issues are present on these pages, but the writing is so full of life and vivacity that you just glide along, keen to know how things will turn out for Donny, and rooting for him all the way. Publication dates are subject to change (although this is an extremely uncommon occurrence overall).

Older, wiser and more confident, life is going well for the former gang member who’d escaped a brutal life of criminal exploitation. Please include what you were doing when this page came up and the Cloudflare Ray ID found at the bottom of this page. Chronicles his journey of born in poverty, being groomed by gangs, having a drug addicted mother, and his time in foster care.

My debut novel, 29 Locks, was shortlisted for both the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize and Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition and was longlisted in the Berkshire Book Award 2022. I was a runner up in the Poetry Book Society poetry competition, judged by one of my heroes, Carol Ann Duffy. She has taught in secondary schools for twenty-three years, including fifteen in an Islington comprehensive.

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