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Stephen Kelman - Author

About the Author

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.

 

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Featured books by Stephen Kelman

Man on Fire

Man on Fire

Author: Stephen Kelman Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/08/2015

I was beating the life out of Bibhuti with a baseball bat when my first monsoon broke.. John lock has come to offer his help to a man who has learned to conquer pain, a world record breaker who specialises in feats of extreme endurance and ill-advised masochism. Bibhuti Nayak's next record attempt - to have fifty baseball bats broken over his body - will set the seal on a career that has seen him rise from poverty to become a minor celebrity in a nation where standing out from the crowd requires tenacity, courage and perhaps a touch of madness. In answering Bibhuti's call for assistance, John hopes to rewrite a brave end to a life poorly lived. But as they take their leap of faith together, and John is welcomed into Bibhuti's family, and into the colour and chaos of Mumbai - where he encounters ping-pong-playing monks, a fearless seven-year-old martial arts warrior and an old man longing for the monsoon to wash him away.

Other books by Stephen Kelman

Mann in Flammen

Mann in Flammen

Author: Stephen Kelman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2018

John Lock ist nicht nur nach Indien gefahren um der leisen Verzweiflung seines Lebens in England zu entkommen, der Bedeutungslosigkeit seiner Arbeit oder auch nur dem Geheimnis, das er sich nicht getraut seiner Frau zu erzahlen. Nein, er ist auch nach Mumbai gekommen, um einem einzigartigen Mann seine Hilfe anzubieten. Bibhuti Nayak ist Inhaber mehrerer Weltrekorde. Er hat sich auf das Ertragen extremer Martern spezialisiert und ist daruberzu einer kleinen Beruhmtheit geworden. Sein nachstes und letztes Vorhaben: 50 Baseballschlager sollen an seinem Korper zerbrochen werden. John will ihm bei diesem hochriskanten Rekordversuch assistieren und wird in Bibhutis ungewohnliche Familie aufgenommen. Er begegnet Tischtennis spielenden Monchen, einem furchtlosen siebenjahrigen Kampfsport-Krieger und einem alten Mann, der auf den Monsun wartet, damit der ihn hinfort spult. John lernt mehr uber Leben und Tod und all ihre Zwischenstufen, als er je zu traumen gewagt hatte.

Man on Fire

Man on Fire

Author: Stephen Kelman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/06/2016

A powerful and touching novel from the Booker-shortlisted author of Pigeon English 'A writer of considerable talent' Financial Times I was beating the life out of Bibhuti with a baseball bat when my first monsoon broke... John Lock has come to India to meet his destiny. He has fled the quiet desperation of his life in England to offer his help to a man who has learned to conquer pain, a world record breaker who specialises in feats of extreme endurance and ill-advised masochism. In answering Bibhuti's call for assistance, John hopes to rewrite a brave end to a life poorly lived. But as they take their leap of faith together, and John is welcomed into Bibhuti's family, and into the colour and chaos of Mumbai, he learns more about life, and death, and everything in between than he could ever have bargained for.

Pigeon English

Pigeon English

Author: Stephen Kelman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2015

There was a ruckus at lunch time. It was the best one so far. Nobody knew why they were fighting . . . You actually thought they were going to kill each other. You wanted them to stop. It wasn't funny anymore. Newly arrived from Ghana with his mother and older sister, Harrison Opoku lives on the ninth floor of a block of flats on a London housing estate. The (second) best runner in the whole of Year 7, Harri races through his new life in his personalised trainers - the Adidas stripes drawn on in marker pen - unaware of the danger growing around him. But when a boy is knifed to death on the high street and the police appeal for witnesses draws only silence, Harri decides to start a murder investigation of his own. In doing so, he unwittingly breaks the fragile web his mother has spun around her family to keep them safe, and Harri will come face to face with the very real dangers surrounding him. A powerful, unforgettable tale, importantly relevant for young adult readers of today. Stephen Kelman's 2011 Man-Booker-prize-shortlisted novel has been adapted for the stage by Fringe-First-winner Gbolahan Obisesan (Mad About the Boy). The stage adaptation received its world premiere at Bristol Old Vic in a Bristol Old Vic Young Company and the National Youth Theatre co-commission on 7 August 2013, before transferring to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Man on Fire

Man on Fire

Author: Stephen Kelman Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/08/2015

I was beating the life out of Bibhuti with a baseball bat when my first monsoon broke.. John lock has come to offer his help to a man who has learned to conquer pain, a world record breaker who specialises in feats of extreme endurance and ill-advised masochism. Bibhuti Nayak's next record attempt - to have fifty baseball bats broken over his body - will set the seal on a career that has seen him rise from poverty to become a minor celebrity in a nation where standing out from the crowd requires tenacity, courage and perhaps a touch of madness. In answering Bibhuti's call for assistance, John hopes to rewrite a brave end to a life poorly lived. But as they take their leap of faith together, and John is welcomed into Bibhuti's family, and into the colour and chaos of Mumbai - where he encounters ping-pong-playing monks, a fearless seven-year-old martial arts warrior and an old man longing for the monsoon to wash him away.

Pigeon English & Man on Fire

Pigeon English & Man on Fire

Author: Stephen Kelman Format: eBook Release Date: 13/08/2015

For the first time the complete works of the Booker- and Guardian-shortlisted author Stephen Kelman are collected together in one digital box set.In Kelman's first novel, Pigeon English, Kelman narrates the powerful and unforgettable tale of Harrison Opoku. Newly arrived from Ghana with his mother and older sister, Harri lives on the ninth floor of a block of flats on a London housing estate. The second best runner in the whole of Year 7, Harri races through his new life in his personalised trainers the Adidas stripes drawn on in marker pen unaware of the threat growing around him. But when a boy is knifed to death on the high street and a police appeal for witnesses draws only silence, Harri decides to start a murder investigation of his own. In doing so, he unwittingly breaks the fragile web his mother has spun around her family to keep them safe and Harri will come face to face with the very real danger surrounding him.Man on Fire is a powerful and touching story of faith, forgiveness and second chances. John Lock has come to Mumbai to meet his destiny. He has fled the quiet desperation of his life in England to offer his help to a man who has learned to conquer pain, a world-record breaker who specialises in feats of extreme endurance and ill-advised masochism. Bibhuti Nayak's next record attempt to have fifty baseball bats broken over his body will set the seal on a career that has seen him rise from poverty to become a minor celebrity in India's city of dreams. But, as they take their leap of faith together, John learns more about life, and death, and everything in between than he had ever bargained for.

Pigeon English

Pigeon English

Author: Stephen Kelman Format: eBook Release Date: 29/01/2011

Stephen Kelmans furioser Debutroman beginnt, wo Politik und Mediendie Worte versagen. Er erzhlt von Menschen, die sich von der Gesellschaft im Stich gelassen fhlen und dies nicht lnger hinnehmenwollen. Auch Harry Opoku ist einer von denen im Abseits. Wenn Harry mit seiner Taube spricht, wenn er der Schnellste seiner Klasse ist und immerneue Farben im Haribo-Sortiment entdeckt, dann scheint alles ganz harmlos. Dann wird ein Nachbarsjunge auf offener Strae erstochen,und keinen kmmert's. Harry aber beginnt seine abstrusen Ermittlungen. Eine Geschichte voll unschuldiger Erfahrung, die der rauen Realitt alles entgegenhlt. "e;Pigeon English ist ein durch und durch aufklrerisches Buch - ohne zu moralisieren. Es geht einem zu Herzen - ohne sich in Kitsch und Pathos zu verlieren. Es hilft zu verstehen, wo die meisten Debatten klglich versagen. Nicht zuletzt aber und vor allem ist dies ein wunderbarer Roman."e; NZZ

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