Telegram Books, May 2013

VAUXHALL BY GABRIEL GBADAMOSI (Telegram Books £12.99)

Gabriel Gbadamosi reads from Vauxhall and talks to film-maker Charlotte Ginsborg. See the film

Vauxhall by Gabriel Gbadamosi

By IMOGEN LYCETT GREEN

Gbadamosi is an exceptional writer of Nigerian/Irish heritage, who describes with poetic rhythm a child’s awakening in a violent, confusing London.

The boy Michael lives in a rat-infested, overcrowded house in Vauxhall in the Seventies. His story is full of people leaving – his friend Emily is taken away by her family, his school friend Brian disappears and even his mother leaves his Dad (though she does come back).

Finally, Michael must move on, too, as their house is to be demolished to make way for the new tower blocks.

Yet this is not a bleak tale. Told in a series of vivid and often comical vignettes, the story of Michael’s childish navigation of street games, school, Catholic priests, the police, racism, lavatorial disasters, bunk beds, social workers and even the unkindnesses of an elder sister is underpinned by wisdom, love and warmth.

This is a powerful novel about human resilience. More

Ifan Bates illustration for Fiction page 17 May 2013

Vauxhall won the Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize for Fiction. More

Vauxhall won Best International Novel at the 2013 Sharjah Book Fair. More

3 thoughts on “Telegram Books, May 2013

  1. G Aarons

    Had the privilege of an early draft – loving the finery of the finished piece. A joy to read this beautifully written novel, the characters are crafted with such care amidst the rough truth of their surroundings.

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  2. Phoebe

    I am just finishing the novel, and have loved every second. Dark, naive, confusing – I loved being as anxious and in the dark as the protagonist, when humorous, terrible or confusing things were happening all around. Beautifully and simply written; evocative, without being in any way pretentious. Loved it.

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