Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011 Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2011 Pigeon English introduces a major new literary talent
Stephen Kelman was born in Luton in 1976. After finishing his degree he worked variously as a warehouse operative, a careworker, and in marketing and local government administration. He decided to pursue his writing seriously in 2005, and has completed several feature screenplays since then. Pigeon English is his first novel; he is currently working on his second.
'Simultaneously accurate and fantastical, this boy's love letter to
the world made me laugh and tremble all the way through. Pigeon
English is a triumph' * Emma Donoghue, author of Room *
Pigeon English is a book to fall in love with: a funny book, a true book, a shattering book * Erica Wagner, The Times *
Stephen Kelman's [first novel] has a powerful story, a pacy plot and engaging characters. It paints a vivid portrait with honesty, sympathy and wit, of a much neglected milieu, and it addresses urgent social questions. It is horrifying, tender and funny ... Brilliant * Daily Telegraph *
The humour, the resilience, the sheer ebullience of its narrator - a hero for our times - should ensure the book becomes, deservedly, a classic * Daily Mail *