Brighton Funk

£8.99

Growing up in 70s Brighton, teenager Naseem (Naz)’s life is made hell by his father, a moody, bitter, often violent man, disappointed at what life has brought him and envious of his son’s youth and freedom. Inspired by his favourite teacher, Mr ‘Easy’ Easton, Naz escapes from a reality he has little control over by reading books. But with the onset of adolescence, new possibilities start to arise, and Naz begins a journey of discovery. With new friends and interests – fashion, music, girls – he begins to taste a freedom he’s never known. But as Naz moves further from his family, conflict is inevitable.

ISBN: 9781913109868 Author: Nawras, Nofel Publisher: HopeRoad Publication Date: 24th March 2022 Imprint: HopeRoad Cover: Paperback Dewey: 823.92 (edition:23) Pages: 235 Language: English Edition: Paperback original Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

The teen novel kicks off in Brighton 1962. Cool records and sharp fashions form the backdrop sounds and sights to this story of 15-yearold Naseem Al Yawar (‘Naz’), a young man on the verge of adulthood and heading for his first experience of love. Naz is a typical foul-mouthed, disaffected teenage boy, bright but with no interest in school apart from a love of literature instilled in him by an inspirational teacher, Mr Easton – nicknamed ‘Easy Easton’. The latter encourages Naz to write, directing him to read many authors including Henry Miller and John Steinbeck . Raymond Chandler is a particular favourite: ‘I love his crispness and gusty dialogue,’ says Naz. The world is opening up for Naz, but his Arab father – a moody, bitter man – is disappointed at what life has brought him and envious of his son’s youth and freedom.

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