Set against the backdrop of the Brixton race riots in London in the 1980s, this novel tells a story of overcoming obstacles from a teen's perspective. Brenton Brown, a 16-year-old mixed-race youth, has lived in a children's home all his life and is haunted by the absence of his mother. Complications arise, however, when he finally meets his mother and then falls dangerously in love with his half-sister. Killer Terry Flynn also scars Brenton's life and leaves him wanting revenge. Through it all, this determined teen is driven to pursue education and recognize his true self in the midst of chaos.
'Brixton Rock is Graham Greene for the hip hop generation' Crime Time
'Alex Wheatle will be a great writer, hints of great stuff to come. Look out for the next one but definitely read this narrative, it's pacey; witty; his characters real and recognisable. This is a very promising debut' Times