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Alex Wheatle


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Alex Wheatle was born in 1963 to Jamaican parents living in London. He spent most of his childhood in a children's home, which he left at 14 to live in a hostel in Brixton. At 18, he was involved in the Brixton uprising and went to prison for 3 months. On his release, he continued to perform as a DJ and MC under the name Yardman Irie, moving in the early '90s on to the performance poetry circuit as The Brixton Bard. His second novel, East of Acre Lane, won the London New Writers Award (2000).

Genres: Young Adult Fiction
 
Novels
   East of Acre Lane (2001)
   The Seven Sisters (2002)
   Checkers (2003) (with Mark Parham)
   Island Songs (2005)
   The Dirty South (2008)
   Home Boys (2018)
   Cane Warriors (2020)
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Novellas
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Non fiction
   Uprising (2017)
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Awards
YA Book Prize Best Young Adult nominee (2017) : Crongton Knights
YA Book Prize Best Young Adult nominee (2018) : Straight Outta Crongton