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Pigeon English

(2011)
A novel by

 
Awards
desmond elliott prize Best Book (nominee)
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)

"This boy's love letter to the world made me laugh and tremble all the way through."
Emma Donoghue


"A powerful and impressive novel... Utterly convincing and deeply moving."
Clare Morrall


Newly arrived from Ghana with his mother and older sister, eleven-year-old Harrison Opoku lives on the ninth floor of a block of flats on a London housing estate. The second best runner in the whole of Year 7, Harri races through his new life in his personalised trainers - the Adidas stripes drawn on with marker pen - blissfully unaware of the very real threat all around him. With equal fascination for the local gang - the Dell Farm Crew - and the pigeon who visits his balcony, Harri absorbs the many strange elements of his new life in England: watching, listening, and learning the tricks of inner-city survival. But when a boy is knifed to death on the high street and a police appeal for witnesses draws only silence, Harri decides to start a murder investigation of his own. In doing so, he unwittingly endangers the fragile web his mother has spun around her family to try and keep them safe. A story of innocence and experience, hope and harsh reality, Pigeon English is a spellbinding portrayal of a boy balancing on the edge of manhood and of the forces around him that try to shape the way he falls.

Genre: General Fiction
 
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Used availability for Stephen Kelman's Pigeon English


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Hardback Editions

June 2012 : USA Library Binding
thumbTitle: Pigeon English (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
ISBN: 0-606-23981-2 / 978-0-606-23981-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback
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May 2012 : UK Hardback
Title: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
ISBN: 0-7531-9050-8 / 978-0-7531-9050-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
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July 2011 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
ISBN: 0-547-50060-2 / 978-0-547-50060-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

March 2011 : Canada Hardback
thumbTitle: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
ISBN: 0-88784-260-7 / 978-0-88784-260-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Anansi International
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Paperback Editions

October 2015 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Pigeon English (Plays for Young People)
Author(s): based on the novel by Stephen Kelman Adapted by Gbolahan Obisesan
ISBN: 1-4742-5103-X / 978-1-4742-5103-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
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April 2015 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
ISBN: 0-19-834089-3 / 978-0-19-834089-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon CA   

April 2015 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
ISBN: 1-4088-6659-5 / 978-1-4088-6659-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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April 2015 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
ISBN: 1-4088-6672-2 / 978-1-4088-6672-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon UK   

May 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
ISBN: 0-7531-9051-6 / 978-0-7531-9051-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
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June 2012 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
ISBN: 1-4088-2820-0 / 978-1-4088-2820-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
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June 2012 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
ISBN: 0-547-73742-4 / 978-0-547-73742-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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March 2012 : Canada Paperback
thumbTitle: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
ISBN: 1-77089-031-9 / 978-1-77089-031-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Anansi International
Availability: Amazon CA   

January 2012 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
ISBN: 1-4088-1568-0 / 978-1-4088-1568-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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January 2012 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
ISBN: 1-4088-2614-3 / 978-1-4088-2614-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2011 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
ISBN: 1-4088-1063-8 / 978-1-4088-1063-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

August 2011 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

August 2011 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

July 2011 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

October 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Pigeon English (Plays for Young People)
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

July 2011 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
Publisher: Mariner Books
Availability: Amazon   

March 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
Publisher: Anansi International
Availability: Amazon CA   

March 2011 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   


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