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Society Within

Courttia Newland

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

* It's bad! - the authentic voice of life on an Estate in late twentieth-century Britain

SOCIETY WITHIN takes us back to the Greenside Estate, West London, scene of Courttia Newland's ground-breaking and hugely successful first novel, THE SCHOLAR. Newly arrived on the estate is Elisha: sweet, bright, sassy and just eighteen. As Elisha negotiates some new territory with more than fair share of dark corners, we take in the vividly interlocking lives of the other Greensiders: cool, ambitious Valerie, with some bad secrets to deal with; Little Stacey, looking for his first girl; Orin, dealing, stealing and trying to stay away from anything too lethal.

Courttia Newland tells gripping stories from real lives - stories of dreamers and fighters, love and revenge, friendship and betrayal - in a language burning with energy, originality and conviction.

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Praise for Society Within

  • Masterful ... Warm & witty ... an impressive achievement - GUARDIAN

  • Consolidates his position as one of Britain's most important young black novelists ... a truly gifted storyteller - TIME OUT

  • Fairly crackles with depictions of teenage temptations ... after the whitewash better known as NOTTING HILL, the antidote couldn't be better timed - i-D MAGAZINE

  • Should have Irvine Welsh weeping into his overhyped beer - GLASGOW HERALD

  • Masterful ... Warm & witty ... an impressive achievement - GUARDIAN

  • Consolidates his position as one of Britain's most important young black novelists ... a truly gifted storyteller - TIME OUT

  • Fairly crackles with depictions of teenage temptations ... after the whitewash better known as NOTTING HILL, the antidote couldn't be better timed - i-D MAGAZINE

  • Should have Irvine Welsh weeping into his overhyped beer - GLASGOW HERALD

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Courttia Newland

Courttia Newland is twenty-seven and is the author of SOCIETY WITHIN. He has contributed to various anthologies including DISCO 2000, NEW WRITERS 8, AFROBEAT and TEENAGE KICKS. This was his first novel.

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