By S I Martin
One boy's thrilling adventure through the seedy underbelly of London in the 1800s.
London 1800. Jupiter is young, black, living at the African Academy in Clapham with other boys from wealthy Sierra Leonean families. His life is a mixture of privilege and dispossession as he copes with the cruelty of his teachers, the rivalries and tensions among his schoolmates, a sense of duty towards his younger brother Robert and guilt over the death of another brother in Africa. Throughout, Jupiter strives to maintain his dignity, his Christian faith and pride in his roots.
But beyond the relative ease of Clapham lies another London, where poor black communities struggle for survival along the squalid reaches of the Thames. A world where Jupiter's education and background mean nothing and skin colour alone determines fate. Into this world his younger brother Robert vanishes, and Jupiter is obliged to follow ...
S.I. Martin is a writer and historian. Founder of the series of narrative London walks entitled '500 Years of Black London', he also works in education and the media, specialising in Black British history and literature. He is the author of an adult novel, Incomparable World, and of Britain's Slave Trade, the companion book for the Channel 4 series of the same name. He is much in demand by English Heritage, the National Maritime Museum, the Museum of London, the Museum in Docklands, the Imperial War Museum, the Public Records Office and the British Council Literature wing. S.I. Martin has been appointed Visiting Professor for the 2009-2010 academic year at NYU in London.
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05 May 2011
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Hodder Children's Books
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Historical fiction at its very best — Books For Keeps
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'Authentic ... gripping historical thriller.' — Northern Echo
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