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Alex Wheatle - Author

Born in 1963 to Jamaican parents living in Brixton, ALEX WHEATLE spent most of his childhood in a Surrey children's home. He returned to Brixton in 1977 where he founded the Crucial Rocker sound system and performed his own songs and lyrics under the name of Yardman Irie. He spent a short stint in prison following the Brixton uprising of 1981. Following his release from prison he continued to write poems and lyrics and became known as the Brixton Bard. Alex's first novel, BRIXTON ROCK, was published to critical acclaim in 1999. Five more novels, EAST OF ACRE LANE, THE SEVEN SISTERS, ISLAND SONGS, CHECKERS and THE DIRTY SOUTH followed, all highly praised. His books are on school reading lists, Alex takes part in Black History Month every year, works with Streatham Youth Community Trust, helping to run a homework club. He is representing English PEN, and tours the country with his one-man show, UPRISING. He teaches in various places including Lambeth College, holds workshops in prisons and is frequently invited to schools to speak to students, inspiring in them with his own story a passion for literature. Alex also appears regularly on BBC1's The One Show and on radio. In the autumn of 2010 he wrote and performed his own one-man autobiographical show for Tara Arts, UPRISING, and took the performance on tour in October 2012. He was at Harrogate Crime Writing Festival in July 2011. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to literature in 2008. A favourite of reading groups and libraries, he is UK's most read Black British author. He is working on a non-fiction book about Black Britain and on more Young Adult novels. He lives with his family in South London.

Books Authored By Alex Wheatle

Sufferah

Alex Wheatle

Hardback

Pre-order. 25th May

£15.29 £16.99

Witness

Alex Wheatle

Paperback

In Stock

£0.90 £1.00

Kemosha of the Caribbean

Alex Wheatle

Paperback

In Stock

£7.19 £7.99

Island Songs

Alex Wheatle

CD-Audio

Pre-order. 28th October

£19.14 £21.27

Cane Warriors

Alex Wheatle

Paperback

In Stock

£7.19 £7.99

Straight Outta Crongton

Alex Wheatle

CD-Audio

Temporarily Out Of Stock

£15.31 £17.01

Crongton Knights

Alex Wheatle

CD-Audio

Temporarily Out Of Stock

£18.37 £20.41

The Humiliations of Welton Blake

Alex Wheatle

Paperback

In Stock

£7.19 £7.99

Home Boys

Alex Wheatle

Paperback

In Stock

£8.99 £9.99

Brixton Rock

Alex Wheatle

Paperback

In Stock

£8.99 £9.99

Cane Warriors

Alex Wheatle

Hardback

In Stock

£9.89 £10.99

Home Girl

Alex Wheatle

Paperback

In Stock

£7.19 £7.99

Uprising: A True Story

Alex Wheatle

Paperback

In Stock

£5.39 £5.99

Straight Outta Crongton

Alex Wheatle

Paperback

In Stock

£7.19 £7.99

Crongton Knights

Alex Wheatle

Paperback

In Stock

£7.19 £7.99

Brenton Brown

Alex Wheatle

Paperback

Temporarily Out Of Stock

£9.89 £10.99

The Dirty South

Alex Wheatle

Paperback

In Stock

£8.09 £8.99