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Stephen Kelman

Stephen Kelman is an English novelist, whose debut novel Pigeon English was a shortlisted nominee for the 2011 Man Booker Prize. Kelman was born and raised in Luton, Bedfordshire, growing up on the Marsh Farm estate.

Genres: General Fiction
Desmond Elliott Prize Best Book nominee (2011) : Pigeon English
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2011) : Pigeon English

Stephen Kelman recommends
The Letters of Ivor Punch (2015)
Colin MacIntyre
"A truly original and enthralling novel. Ivor Punch is a magnificent creation and his story is mischievous, sad, funny and truthful."
My Name Is Leon (2016)
Kit de Waal
"A beautiful story told with compassion, urgency and wit."
In Our Mad and Furious City (2018)
Guy Gunaratne
"A vivid and affecting account of estate life, both blighted by frustration and elevated by dreams we can all recognise and share. Guy's characters are drawn with compassion and flair, and I was captivated by their humanity."
Diary of a Film (2021)
Niven Govinden
"Diary of a Film is about how art ravages and redeems. It is about the responsibility artists bear both for their art and the world that must contain it; about the imperative to create something substantial in a world that moves too quickly to capture beauty to one's satisfaction; it is about living an ideal, committing to a principle whatever the potential cost, leaping into love and trusting that it will hold you."

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