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29 Locks

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When Donny’s bored, rich, white girlfriend Zoe is offered a dubious modeling audition, the couple "borrow" a barge and navigate the 29 locks on the canal system from Hertfordshire down into Kings Cross. Donny is a great narrator – his voice feels so fresh and real and engaging that I refuse to believe he does not exist in real life. Locks is a coming of age novel set in contemporary London and Hertfordshire where the story is divided into 3 parts.

It has been written to feel current with a lot of British slang so it feels the way teenagers would speak. The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site's analytics report. The story itself is great – there are moments of sadness and tragedy, but there is also an adventure, and one that is both unusual and very funny. We lived right by it in Ware, and I just loved the idea of walking down the towpath and seeing Donny, Zoe and Ziggy the dog cruise by on Zuma Jay!The book is full of rich descriptions, fantastic characters, and hard hitting reality, mix all that with Donny’s first person narrative and you have the recipe for a fantastic debut. However, I liked Donny and rooted for him, and would've liked to have seen more depth to his character development. take your pick, Donny is fated for nothing good and he knows it even if he doesn't necessarily want it. A fast-paced, tender and unflinching depiction of teenage friendship and resilience against the odds. Older, wiser and more confident, life is going well for the former gang member who’d escaped a brutal life of criminal exploitation.

The first part shows poverty stricken Donny’s early life with his drug abusing mother and the event that leads to him ending up in the foster care system. Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here. But it is Donny's work experience with canals and helping out Andrew the gatekeeper of the lock gates who truly changes the lost boy into being the strong and determined young man he becomes. I loved the scenes of Donny and Zoe escaping down the canal – it was especially engaging for me, as I lived in Hertfordshire briefly, and I can picture that stretch of the canal so vividly.

There are enough references to 29 Locks to make it an utterly convincing sequel, but it works absolutely as a standalone story. Growing up in dire poverty in Hackney, East London, his life is shaped by casual violence, gang initiation, drug-dealing and knife crime. Facebook sets this cookie to show relevant advertisements to users by tracking user behaviour across the web, on sites that have Facebook pixel or Facebook social plugin. Locks is dark, the world within the book is gritty and one that opens the reader's eyes to the reality of the world some have no choice of being a part of but there is also hope. Chronicles his journey of born in poverty, being groomed by gangs, having a drug addicted mother, and his time in foster care.

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