Common Ground

Common Ground

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 25/03/2021
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Common Ground
A book with a sense of community.
Common Ground is a novel that follows the friendship of two boys from very different backgrounds. What stands out in this novel is that it's shows that con... READ MORE
Alan O'Keeffe


From the acclaimed author of Escape Routes, a bittersweet story of coming-of-age in a divided world

It's a lonely life for Stan, at a new school that feels more ordeal than fresh start, and at home where he and his mother struggle to break the silence after his father's death. When he encounters fearless, clever Charlie on the local common, all of that begins to change. Charlie's curiosity is infectious, and it is Charlie who teaches Stan, for the first time, to stand on his own two feet. But will their unit of two be strong enough to endure in a world that offers these boys such different prospects?

The pair part ways, until their paths cross once again, as adults in London. Now Stan is revelling in all that the city has to offer, while Charlie seems to have hit a brick wall. He needs Stan's help, and above all his friendship, but is Stan really there for the man who once showed him the meaning of loyalty?

  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781472273291
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Weight: 651g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 164 x 40 mm

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Common Ground
Must read
A lovely, lovely book. Heartwarming, sweet and wise. A big step forward from Escape Routes (which I also really enjoyed)
Ben Noble
Common Ground
An enjoyable read
Common Ground tells the story of Stan and Charlie. They meet one evening my chance on their local common. Stan is 13 years old and dealing with his fathers... READ MORE
Alexandra Cadoux
Common Ground
Sensitive and emotional
Common Ground is a sensitive and emotional read, dealing with the friendship between two boys as they grown into men. There were strong themes of loyalty ... READ MORE
Verity Halliday
Common Ground
Friendships and bonds, heartbreaking and moving
I found this book heart rending, hard to read at times, heartbreaking and utterly utterly grim and dispiriting. Not that it’s written badly, the story can ... READ MORE
Zoe Radley
Common Ground
A poignant coming-of-age story and a call for action against intolerance...
Surrey, 2003: Thirteen-year-old Stan goes to Goshawk Common to escape the expectations of those around him. But when his bike breaks, and Charlie stops to ... READ MORE
Rebecca Rouillard
Common Ground
Debut full-length novel
Having much enjoyed Naomi Ishiguro's debut collection of short stories, I was was greatly looking forward to her first full-length novel. In 'Common Ground... READ MORE
Alan M
Common Ground
Great read
What a thoroughly enjoyable read this was . I found myself getting vibes of Americanah/ A Little Life so if you enjoyed those books I definitely recommend ... READ MORE
Zoe Woodend
Common Ground
An interesting look at male friendship
Thanks so much to Headline for letting me read Naomi Ishiguro's Common Ground in advance. I requested this one on a bit of a whim, and it probably shows - ... READ MORE
Rachel Walker

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