: Brixton Rock (): Alex Wheatle: Books. Brenton Brown is 16 years old. A mixed race youth, Brenton has lived in a children’s home all his life. Being reunited with his mother is the best thing th. Brixton Rock. Alex Wheatle. Set against the backdrop of the Brixton race riots in London in the s, this novel tells a story of overcoming obstacles from a.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Killer Terry Flynn also scars Brenton’s life and leaves him wanting revenge. The language in Brixton Rock is both a barrier and a reason to read it. The culture and athmosphere of the black neighbourhoods in London in the eighties is sketched in everyday scenes.

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Want to Read saving…. See all 19 reviews. Aug 09, Natasha Hall rated it liked it. Jim rated it it was ok Sep 30, Marc rated it liked it Dec 05, roxk There was a problem filtering reviews right now. He returned to Brixton in where he founded the Crucial Rocker sound system and performed his own songs and lyrics under the name of Yardman Irie.


By Wheatle was residing in a social services hostel in Brixton, South London. Sent from and sold by Amazon. But if the objective of the author was to reel readers into the world of Brixton especially those readers not familiar with the culture or life in Brixtonthen he had done a very poor job.

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Born in to Jamaican parents living in Brixton, Alex Wheatle spent most of his childhood in a Surrey children’s home. But hey I grew up on Star Wars so I could handle it! Given how comprehensively gentrified Brixton has become, it’s very valuable and interesting to have this memento of its previous incarnation. Complications arise, however, when he finally meets his mother and then falls dangerously in love with his half-sister.

This is a very promising debut’ Times. Alex’s first novel, Brixton Rockwas published to critical acclaim in Would you like to see more reviews about this item?

Aug 18, Chantel rated it brixtoh liked it. Over all a good read. Wheatle gives us a fascinating snapshot of black English in the early eighties Daily Telegraph ‘Alex Wheatle’s narrative is pacey; witty; his characters real and recognisable.

The love interest was intriguing to say the least not a fan of the idea but understandable with the main characters up-bringing. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Some familiar slang terms showing where south london slang language evolved from. Miranda rated it liked it Jan 07, The writing was poor and fail to build up momentum – but maybe because i could not appreciate the Brixton slang.


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Brixton Rock by Alex Wheatle

A gritty hard look at relationships doomed to fail! The pace doesn’t really pick up and some of the events were simply too problematic for me to really understand or, rather, want to understand. I’m only just old enough to remember the Brixton Riots and being a white girl from Brixtoon Ireland I knew nothing about why rovk happened.

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Brixton Rock

The story however was not what I was expecting and quite an uncomfortable subject. He wrote lyrics about his observations of everyday Brixton life. A trip down memory lane in a lot of respects – very evocative of an era I remember, the alsx and register of the prose was excellent – and I found myself nossing and laughing at the patois used.