February’s book, Pigeon English, received mixed responses from the club. Harrison Opoku arrives from Ghana with his mother and older sister, to live in a block of flats on an inner-city housing estate. With 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 urban 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.
Although one person really enjoyed the book, the general census was that they could take it or leave it as many struggled to really sympathise with the main character. Still everyone found it easy to read and didn’t have any problems finishing it!
The next meeting will be 6pm Thursday 29th March at the Church Street emporium, where they will be discussing Eleven by Mark Watson, yes the Welsh comedian from TV! Everyone is welcome whether you read the whole book or not (we won’t tell anyone, promise…) You can order a copy of March’s book here.
Urban Book Club