New Authors     New Books     Coming Soon     Most Popular     Top Authors    
     New Books     Coming Soon     
book cover of Pigeon English

Pigeon English

(2011)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
desmond elliott prize Best Book (nominee)
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
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    Get it on Google Play

"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


Similar Books by other authors...


Used availability for Stephen Kelman's Pigeon English

Hardback Editions

June 2012 : USA Library Binding
thumb

Title: 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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2011 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: 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
thumb

Title: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
ISBN: 0-88784-260-7 / 978-0-88784-260-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Anansi International
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

October 2015 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: 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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


April 2015 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: 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
thumb

Title: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
ISBN: 1-4088-6659-5 / 978-1-4088-6659-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


April 2015 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: 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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2012 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
ISBN: 1-4088-2820-0 / 978-1-4088-2820-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2012 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
ISBN: 0-547-73742-4 / 978-0-547-73742-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


March 2012 : Canada Paperback
thumb

Title: 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
thumb

Title: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
ISBN: 1-4088-1568-0 / 978-1-4088-1568-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


January 2012 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: 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
thumb

Title: 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
thumb

Title: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


August 2011 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


August 2011 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


July 2011 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


July 2011 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

October 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: 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
thumb

Title: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
Publisher: Mariner Books
Availability: Amazon   


March 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
Publisher: Anansi International
Availability: Amazon CA   


March 2011 : UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Pigeon English
Author(s): Stephen Kelman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK