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Gabriel Gbadamosi's debut novel is a tender and occasionally dark portrait of a child growing up and looking for his place in inner city London. You can read an extract here.


Police, methylated tramps, Nigerian royalty, gypsies, Irish aunts, teachers, thieves, cockneys and homesick Jamaicans clamour for young Michael's attention. His world is bursting with all walks of Lambeth life in the early 1970s. Among the terraces, railway arches, bombsites and river mud of Vauxhall, he discovers the meaning of slum clearance: the world he knows is disappearing. As his certainty in the fragile world around him begins to crumble so too does his parent's relationship and his mother's health. Vauxhall is a tender and occasionally dark portrait of a child looking for his place in inner city London.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Telegram Books Publication Date: 09/09/2014 ISBN-13: 9781846591464  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Born in London, Gabriel Gbadamosi is an Irish-Nigerian poet, playwright and essayist. He was AHRC Creative and Performing Arts Fellow at the Pinter Centre, Goldsmiths, and a Judith E. Wilson Fellow for creative writing at Cambridge University. His plays include Shango, Hotel Orpheu and for radio The Long, Hot Summer of '76 (BBC Radio 3), which won the Richard Imison Award. He has presented Nightwaves on BBC Radio 3 and Art Beat on the World Service. Vauxhall is his first novel. Author location: London, UK

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The best writing transports you effortlessly to another time and place. Gabriel Gbadamosi does just this in Vauxhall, delving into the recent history of the area through the eyes of young Michael, who unwittingly records not just the physical changes but also the constant movement of people and cultures; London in microcosm. - Jasper

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 30/04/2013


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