Who They Was (UK Edition)
Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020'A literary rendering of the Top Boy generation... I cannotconjure another work which captures this culture in such depth – orwith such brutal honesty – as only lived experience can tell 'Graeme Armstrong, author of The Young Team'An astonishingly powerful book' Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of TheLast Act of LoveThis life is like being in an ocean. Some people keep swimmingtowards the bottom. Some people touch the bottom with one foot, oreven both, and then push themselves off it to get back up to thetop, where you can breathe. Others get to the bottom and decidethey want to stay there. I don't want to get to the bottom becauseI'm already drowning. This is a story of a London you won't find inany guidebooks. This is a story about what it's like to exist inthe moment, about boys too eager to become men, growing up in thehidden war zones of big cities – and the girls trying to make ittheir own way. This is a story of reputations made and lost, ofviolence and vengeance – and never counting the cost. This is astory of concrete towers and blank eyed windows, of endless nightsin police stations and prison cells, of brotherhood and betrayal.This is about the boredom, the rush, the despair, the fear and thehope. This is about what's left behind.