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Feral Youth

Polly Courtney

The truth is, it ain't just a race thing. They talk like it is, but really and truly it's black against white, young against old, authorities against the rest. It's countless of things. There's 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 nation's 'feral youth'. When a young teacher makes an unexpected reappearance in the 15-year-old's life, opening the door to a world of salaries, pianos and middle-class housemates, Alesha's 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?

The truth is, it ain't just a race thing. They talk like it is, but really and truly it's black against white, young against old, authorities against the rest. It's countless of things. There's 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 nation's 'feral youth'. When a young teacher makes an unexpected reappearance in the 15-year-old's life, opening the door to a world of salaries, pianos and middle-class housemates, Alesha's 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?
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

The truth is, it ain't just a race thing. They talk like it is, but really and truly it's black against white, young against old, authorities against the rest. It's countless of things. There's 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 nation's 'feral youth'. When a young teacher makes an unexpected reappearance in the 15-year-old's life, opening the door to a world of salaries, pianos and middle-class housemates, Alesha's 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?

Language:

English

Narrators:

Deanna Roger

Length:

5h 45m


Chapters

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01:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:09


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:26


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

12:22


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

14:09


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:38


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

15:32


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:17


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

11:49


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:50


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:58


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:26


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:40


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:26


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:37


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:30


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

14:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:24


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

13:47


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:57


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:16


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

10:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:40


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:56


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

12:42


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

17:38


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:52


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:32


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

11:46


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:33


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:11


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:24


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:06


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

00:28