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29 Locks

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The ending was absolutely unrealistic, and any teen of color in such a situation would get railroaded by the system, not released with a wink and an 'attaboy'. A hot meal, a warm bath when he needs and wants it, a parental figure who shows him true affection and puts her children first. Growing up in dire poverty in Hackney, East London, his life is shaped by casual violence, gang initiation, drug-dealing, and knife crime. I’m really looking forward to bringing 29 Locks to readers, and to publishing many more stories from Nicola.

Set between the violent estates of inner-city London and the rural home counties, 29 Locks tells the story of 15-year-old Donny, an ex-gang member from Hackney who is fostered outside of London after the disappearance of his beloved mother.Locks is suitable for students over 13 years of age and provides a nuanced route to discussing issues such as poverty, drugs, knife crime and racism. When Donny is taken from London finally and to Hertfordshire, he feels out of his depth and is taunted by his classmates who judge him by both how he looks and where he comes from. The story is told with compassion but also with great skill- you will want to read right until the last word. Heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful, the exhilarating plot and memorable characters combine to create a true page-turner.

The first part shows poverty stricken Donny’s early life with his drug abusing mother and the event that leads to him ending up in the foster care system. 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. Publication dates are subject to change (although this is an extremely uncommon occurrence overall). The different sections of Donny’s life keep the book fast-paced and attention-grabbing, while allowing for small moments of reflection which add depth and tenderness to the story.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.

Now 15 years old, he and Zoe, his posh girlfriend and aspiring model, make the journey back to London to reunite with Donny’s mother. I have appeared at the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts, Chichester Arts Festival and the Petworth Literary Week, and I am a frequent guest on BBC Radio London. Urgent, authentic, satisfying and an anthem for the ordinary spirit that burns so fiercely inside each of us. It was chosen by Suzi Feay, books editor of The Financial Times, as one of the ‘Best Books of 2021’ It is also on the longlist for the prestigious Branford Boase Award for outstanding first-time novelists.

It's a very dark insight into a world that we all know exist, but often pretend not to see and for Donny it's a world he can't completely escape from even if he wants too, with a Mum whose addiction holds her hostage and caused him to be torn away from all he knows. The story that unfolds brings in elements of our society that are hard to imagine for most people but the reality is they cut across, through and under our lives. The final section of the book sees them both borrowing Andrew’s canal boat after Donny is placed on work experience with him.

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