Feral Youth

  • by Polly Courtney
  • Narrated by Deanna Rodger
  • 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The truth is, it ain't just a race thing. They talk like it is, but really and truly it's black against white, young against old, authorities against the rest. It's countless of things. There's bare reasons for feeling vexed right now.
Growing up on a south London estate and excluded from every school that would take her, Alesha is the poster girl for the nation's 'feral youth'. When a young teacher makes an unexpected reappearance in the 15-year-old's life, opening the door to a world of salaries, pianos and middle-class housemates, Alesha's instinct is to pull up her hood and return to the streets. But fuelled by a need to survive, she falls into a cycle of crime, violence and drug-dealing, her one true ally deserting her when she needs him most. While everyone around her is rallying against the authorities in a war of haves and have-nots, Alesha finds herself caught in the crossfire, inextricably linked to the people she is trying to fight against. Can she see a way out? And as riots sweep the nation, whose side will she take?


What the Critics Say

"A breakthrough book… Alesha is compelling, even loveable. In the choices she has to make, she raises some uncomfortable questions about this abandoned generation of poor, semi-literate, 'feral' youth." (Independent on Sunday)
“Feral Youth is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Emotionally charged throughout I instantly felt a connection to the disenfranchised protagonist.” (Creative Bloc)
“If you want to understand why so many young people took to the streets two summers ago, read this book.” (Sonya Thomas, Reading the Riots)
“Feral Youth is as compelling as it is horrifying. It lifts the lid on the lives of marginalised young people that the media demonises and the rest of us prefer to ignore.” (Fiona Bawdon, journalist)
“Courtney’s latest book gives an insight into the young lives of generation recession, revealing the riots as inevitable and a long-time-coming.” (The Student Journals)


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Customer Reviews

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Should be essential reading for all politicians

What made the experience of listening to Feral Youth the most enjoyable?

Really enjoyed the book. Finished it in less than a day!!From a social point of view it is in my opinion an accurate description of the of the 'have and have nots'. As a story it is well written, original and well read.

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Was not sure about choosing the book- I work with young people and I like to listen to books that can be uplifting and I wasn't expecting this to be.

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- Katharine

Great book

Life through a different lens , through the eyes of a young person life as she experienced it great to listen to.
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- mousepip

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Copyright Group