A Commonwealth Writers' Best First Book Award winner, Donna Daley-Clarke's transfixing yet often hilarious novel vividly entwines the street-smart stories of one black family facing racism and loss in 1970s London. With his father in jail, his mother passed on, and his comic book idols outgrown, lazy-eyed teenager Geoffhurst must find a new hero to inspire him. ". taut, poised, powerful."-Daily Telegraph
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