Society Within


Set on the Greenside Estate, West London, Society Within starts with the arrival of newcomer Elisha: sweet, bright, sassy and just eighteen. As Elisha negotiates a territory with more than its fair share of dark corners, we take in the vividly interlocking lives of the other Greensiders. Cool, ambitious Valerie, with some bad secrets to deal with; Little Stacey, looking for his first girl; Orin, dealing, stealing and trying to stay away from anything too lethal; Nathan and his plans for pirate radio station Midnight FM, the music which provides an irresistible soundtrack to this extraordinary novel.

Publisher: Abacus

ISBN: 0349111804

Review: ‘Masterful … Warm & witty … an impressive achievement’ GUARDIAN ‘Consolidates his position as one of Britain’s most important young black novelists … a truly gifted storyteller’ TIME OUT ‘Fairly crackles with depictions of teenage temptations … after the whitewash better known as NOTTING HILL, the antidote couldn’t be better timed’ i-D MAGAZINE ‘Should have Irvine Welsh weeping into his overhyped beer’ GLASGOW HERALD ‘London, painfully real and surreal, anatomised and exposed.’ MORNING STAR ‘Newland guides us through a gritty struggle of urban deprivation…with unblinking panache… An impresively mature, post- TRAINSPOTTING book…Just read it.’ OBSERVER ‘Masterful … Warm & witty … an impressive achievement’ TIME OUT ‘Vividly rendered…Strong characterisation and richly authentic dialogue’ TIME OUT

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