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Pigeon English

Pigeon English

Kelman, Stephen, 1976-

With equal fascination for the local gang - the Dell Farm Crew - and the pigeon who visits his balcony, 11-year-old Harri absorbs the many strange elements of his new life in England. But when a boy is knifed to death and a police appeal for witnesses draws only silence, Harri decides to start a murder investigation of his own

Paperback, Book. English. General.
Published London: Bloomsbury, 2011
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Statement of responsibility: Stephen Kelman
ISBN: 1408810638, 9781408810637
Physical Description: 263 p. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Ghanaians England Fiction.; Inner cities Social aspects England Fiction.; Murder Investigation Fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 3.7
Interest Level: UY
Points: 10
Quiz Number: 220579

Author note

Stephen Kelman was born in Luton in 1976. After finishing his degree he worked variously as a warehouse operative, a careworker, and in marketing and local government administration. He decided to pursue his writing seriously in 2005, and has completed several feature screenplays since then. Pigeon English is his first novel.


'Simultaneously accurate and fantastical, this boy's love letter to the world made me laugh and tremble all the way through. Pigeon English is a triumph'
Emma Donoghue, author of Room||'A powerful and impressive novel ... Kelman knows the world of boys - their language, their humour, their thoughts - and Harri's voice is dazzlingly authentic. Utterly convincing and deeply moving, this is a book that we should all read'
Clare Morrall, author of The Man Who Disappeared||'Pigeon English is a book to fall in love with: a funny book, a true book, a shattering book ... If you loved Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time or Emma Donoghue's Man Booker-shortlisted Room, you'll love this book too'
Erica Wagner, The Times||'One of the hardest things in fiction is to write from a child's point of view - Kelman does it brilliantly'
Alex Clark, Guardian