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29 Locks

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All except Zoe, the spoilt but emotionally denied girl in school who becomes not only his best friend but the beginning of the new Donny. It's a very dark insight into a world that we all know exist, but often pretend not to see and for Donny it's a world he can't completely escape from even if he wants too, with a Mum whose addiction holds her hostage and caused him to be torn away from all he knows. Nicola Garrad has painted a harsh and vivid picture that is an immersive, entertaining and educating (for some anyway) read.

But things go wrong around him and he's taken back into the system due to events that are out of his control. HopeRoad’s founder, Rosemarie Hudson, said: ‘Nicola is a fantastic new talent, and I’m so proud that HopeRoad will be publishing her debut. I have 24 years experience working in secondary schools as an English teacher, subject leader and Head of PSHE.

In what is becoming a bit of a theme at the moment, I must apologise for the delay in posting this review! Miles revisits the much-loved protagonist of 29 Miles two years after his canal boat adventure as a fifteen-year-old. The novel is dedicated to the memory of my former student, Mahad Ali, who was brutally murdered in 2017 at the age of 18. Urgent, authentic, satisfying and an anthem for the ordinary spirit that burns so fiercely inside each of us. I’m a freelance teacher and adviser for Minority Matters, an educational charity supporting disadvantaged young people in Islington.

My debut novel, 29 Locks, was shortlisted for both the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize and Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition and was longlisted in the Berkshire Book Award 2022.I think because of the slang and language used its better for a British audience but its been written well and despite having some gangs and violence at the beginning it does have more uplifting moments after Donny leaves London and he is able to grow.

After all, it's all he knows from early childhood and having a single mum addicted yo crack and God knows what else. Difficult and complex issues are present on these pages, but the writing is so full of life and vivacity that you just glide along, keen to know how things will turn out for Donny, and rooting for him all the way. I loved the scenes of Donny and Zoe escaping down the canal – it was especially engaging for me, as I lived in Herfordshire briefly, and I can picture that stretch of the canal so vividly.But 29 Locks whilst fiction, is very much about life and you're immersed into the darkest parts of Hackney where drugs and crime are rife and children are destined to die if they didn't escape from their fate.

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