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Graffiti My Soul by Niven Govinden
  

Graffiti My Soul

NewGen - YA Fiction   Books for the Boys   

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Some fairly hard hitting stuff in this tale of Veerapen and his friends stuck in the boredom of their suburban lives. Niven Govinden really projects the voices of the disaffected, ‘bored with life’ teenager. The story starts at the end and then is told in flashback to build the tension to the conclusion we know is going to come. Edgy and moving with clever twists to keep you gripped.

Comparison: Hanif Kureishi, Willy Russell, Helen Walsh.

Synopsis

Graffiti My Soul by Niven Govinden

This is Surrey, where nothing bad ever happens. Except somehow, 15-year-old Veerapen, half-Tamil, half-Jew and the fastest runner in the school, has just helped bury Moon Suzuki, the girl he loved. His dad has run off with an optician and his mum's going off the rails. Since when did growing up in the suburbs get this complicated?

As the knots of Moon and Veerapen's tragic romance unravel, Niven Govinden brings to life a misfit hero of the school yard, bristling with tenderness, venom and vigour.

Reviews

* 'Outstanding. You become totally immersed.' - Independent * 'A sharp update on Catcher In The Rye.' - Arena * 'A modern-day Hanif Kureishi.' - The Times * 'Adolescent cruelty, tenderness and sexual identity flit around Govinden's edgy coming-of-age novel.' - Time Out


About the Author

Niven Govinden
Niven Govinden is an ex-Surrey-ite with no discernable track or field ability. He is the author of one previous novel, We Are The New Romantics, and is currently hard at work on his third book.

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Publication date

17th January 2008

Author

Niven Govinden

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Publisher

Canongate Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
224 pages

Categories

NewGen - YA Fiction
Books for the Boys

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781847670977

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