The truth is, it ainat just a race thing. They talk like it is, but really and truly itas black against white, young against old, authorities against the rest. Itas countless of things. Thereas bare reasons for feeling vexed right now. Growing up on a south London estate and excluded from every school that would take her, Alesha is the poster girl for the nationas aferal youtha. When a young teacher makes an unexpected reappearance in the 15-year-oldas life, opening the door to a world of salaries, pianos and middle-class housemates, Aleshaas instinct is to pull up her hood and return to the streets. But fuelled by a need to survive, she falls into a cycle of crime, violence and drug-dealing, her one true ally deserting her when she needs him most. While everyone around her is rallying against the authorities in a war of haves and have-nots, Alesha finds herself caught in the crossfire, inextricably linked to the people she is trying to fight against. Can she see a way out? And as riots sweep the nation, whose side will she take?Born in South London and a resident of Ealing, an area affected by the London riots, Polly wrote Feral Youth ato give a voice to the thousands of frustrated youths who, like Alesha, feel marginalised and ignored by the rest of societya. She believes that the real causes of the riots have not gone away and that further unrest will happen in a matter of time. Feral Youth is a work of contemporary adult fiction that covers various topical themes, including the riots, youth culture, gangs and knife and gun crime. It sits alongside Stephen Kelmanas Pigeon English and Emma Donoghueas Room in that it is aimed primarily at the adult reader and provides an alternative perspective on a world we think we know.I push straight through this big family as theya#39;re pouring out of their X5, all sneering voices and fancy shoes. My eyes lock onto the white Clio in the distance and I find myself picking up speed, flying down the street like a fuse burning its way towards a bomb. ... Then as I watch, I see the brake lights flick on, then the reverse light, and then therea#39;s this mad whining noise as the battered whip comes charginganbsp;...
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