by Alex Wheatle - £9.99 HarperCollins (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780007225620 | ISBN 10: 0007225628
A searing account of a young man's attempt to do the right thing set against the backdrop of the Brixton Riots.
It is 1981. Biscuit lives with his mother, brother and sister. He helps out by hustling on the frontline for the South London badman, Nunchaks. He doesn't want to be doing this for the rest of his life but its difficult to get out of the trap.
East of Acre Lane is a gripping thriller set in a society on the verge of exploding. As the patience of the community breaks and the riots begin to erupt, Biscuit has to make a choice that could change his life forever.
"A cool, credible read... Wheatle has written a hard hitting novel which is an incendiary reminder of one of the most explosive events in London's post-war history."
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