Pigeon English


Author: Stephen Kelman
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408826143
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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Newly arrived from Ghana with his mother and older sister, eleven-year-old Harrison Opoku lives on the ninth floor of a block of flats on a London housing estate. The second best runner in the whole of Year 7, Harri races through his new life in his personalised trainers - the Adidas stripes drawn on with marker pen - blissfully unaware of the very real threat all around him. With equal fascination for the local gang - the Dell Farm Crew - and the pigeon who visits his balcony, Harri absorbs the many strange elements of his new life in England: watching, listening, and learning the tricks of inner-city survival. But when a boy is knifed to death on the high street and a police appeal for witnesses draws only silence, Harri decides to start a murder investigation of his own. In doing so, he unwittingly endangers the fragile web his mother has spun around her family to try and keep them safe. A story of innocence and experience, hope and harsh reality, Pigeon English is a spellbinding portrayal of a boy balancing on the edge of manhood and of the forces around him that try to shape the way he falls.

Pigeon English


Author: Stephen Kelman
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408815680
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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Deeply funny, moving, idiosyncratic and unforgettable - introduces a major new literary talent. Pigeon English was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011.

Pigeon English


Author: Stephen Kelman
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 0547501684
Category: Fiction
Page: 272
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Man Booker Prize Finalist: A “winning and ingenious” novel about an eleven-year-old immigrant boy trying to solve a murder (The Plain Dealer). Lying in front of Harrison Opoku is a body. It is the body of one of his classmates, a boy known for his incredible basketball skills, who seems to have been murdered for his dinner. Armed with a pair of camouflage binoculars and techniques absorbed from television shows like CSI, Harri and his best friend, Dean, plot to bring the perpetrator to justice. They gather evidence—fingerprints lifted with tape, a wallet stained with blood—and lay traps to flush out the killer. But nothing can prepare them for what happens when a criminal feels you closing in. Recently emigrated from Ghana with his sister and mother to South London’s enormous housing projects, Harri is obsessed with gummy candy, friendly to the pigeon who visits his balcony, is quite possibly the fastest runner in his school, and is clearly also fast on the trail of a murderer. “[A] work of deep sympathy and imagination,” Pigeon English is a tale of friendship and adventure, as Harri finds wonder, mystery, and danger in his new, ever-expanding world (The Boston Globe). “Pigeon English is a book to fall in love with: a funny book, a true book, a shattering book. . . . If you loved Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time or Emma Donoghue’s Man Booker–shortlisted Room, you’ll love this book too.” —The Times (London) “Convincingly evokes life on the edge . . . The humour, the resilience, the sheer ebullience of its narrator—a hero for our times—should ensure the book becomes, deservedly, a classic.” —The Mail on Sunday “Continually surprising and endearing . . . There’s a sweetness here that’s irresistible.” —The Washington Post “Funny and poignant . . . What might be described as Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets Trainspotting.” —Toronto Star “Since Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, there have been certain rules observed when children play detective. Stephen Kelman throws them all out . . . The mystery is secondary to the pleasures of listening to Harri.” —The Christian Science Monitor

Pigeon English & Man on Fire


Author: Stephen Kelman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408872315
Category: Fiction
Page: 608
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For the first time the complete works of the Booker- and Guardian-shortlisted author Stephen Kelman are collected together in one digital box set. In Kelman's first novel, Pigeon English, Kelman narrates the powerful and unforgettable tale of Harrison Opoku. Newly arrived from Ghana with his mother and older sister, Harri lives on the ninth floor of a block of flats on a London housing estate. The second best runner in the whole of Year 7, Harri races through his new life in his personalised trainers ? the Adidas stripes drawn on in marker pen ? unaware of the threat growing around him. But when a boy is knifed to death on the high street and a police appeal for witnesses draws only silence, Harri decides to start a murder investigation of his own. In doing so, he unwittingly breaks the fragile web his mother has spun around her family to keep them safe and Harri will come face to face with the very real danger surrounding him. Man on Fire is a powerful and touching story of faith, forgiveness and second chances. John Lock has come to Mumbai to meet his destiny. He has fled the quiet desperation of his life in England to offer his help to a man who has learned to conquer pain, a world-record breaker who specialises in feats of extreme endurance and ill-advised masochism. Bibhuti Nayak's next record attempt ? to have fifty baseball bats broken over his body ? will set the seal on a career that has seen him rise from poverty to become a minor celebrity in India's city of dreams. But, as they take their leap of faith together, John learns more about life, and death, and everything in between than he had ever bargained for.

Gcse Revision Notes for Stephen Kelman's Pigeon English - Study Guide

All Chapters, Page-By-Page Analysis
Author: Joe Broadfoot
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781516805280
Category:
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This book is aimed at GCSE students of English Literature who are studying Stephen Kelman's Pigeon English. The focus is on what examiners are looking for, especially since the changes to the curriculum in 2015, and here you will find each chapter covered in detail. I hope this will help you and be a valuable tool in your studies and revision.

A Pigeon and a Boy

A Novel
Author: Meir Shalev
Publisher: Schocken
ISBN: 0805242686
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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From the internationally acclaimed Israeli writer Meir Shalev comes a mesmerizing novel of two love stories, separated by half a century but connected by one enchanting act of devotion. During the 1948 War of Independence--a time when pigeons are still used to deliver battlefield messages--a gifted young pigeon handler is mortally wounded. In the moments before his death, he dispatches one last pigeon. The bird is carrying his extraordinary gift to the girl he has loved since adolescence. Intertwined with this story is the contemporary tale of Yair Mendelsohn, who has his own legacy from the 1948 war. Yair is a tour guide specializing in bird-watching trips who, in middle age, falls in love again with a childhood girlfriend. His growing passion for her, along with a gift from his mother on her deathbed, becomes the key to a life he thought no longer possible. Unforgettable in both its particulars and its sweep, A Pigeon and A Boy is a tale of lovers then and now--of how deeply we love, of what home is, and why we, like pigeons trained to fly in one direction only, must eventually return to it. In a voice that is at once playful, wise, and altogether beguiling, Meir Shalev tells a story as universal as war and as intimate as a winged declaration of love. From the Hardcover edition.

Pigeon Post


Author: Arthur Ransome
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
ISBN: 9780879238643
Category: Adventure stories
Page: 382
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Aided by trusty pigeon messengers, young prospectors comb the hills in search of lost gold. Winner of the Carnegie Medal.

Wringer


Author: Jerry Spinelli
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061757527
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 256
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Newbery Honor Book * ALA Notable Children's Book "Deeply felt. Presents a moral question with great care and sensitivity." —The New York Times "A spellbinding story about rites of passage." —Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A realistic story with the intensity of a fable." —The Horn Book (starred review) "Thought-provoking." —School Library Journal (starred review) In Palmer LaRue's hometown of Waymer, turning ten is the biggest event of a boy's life. But for Palmer, his tenth birthday is not something to look forward to, but something to dread. Then one day, a visitor appears on his windowsill, and Palmer knows that this, more than anything else, is a sign that his time is up. Somehow, he must learn how to stop being afraid and stand up for what he believes in. Wringer is a powerful tour de force from Newbery Medal winner Jerry Spinelli.

Pidgin Grammar

An Introduction to the Creole English of Hawai'i
Author: Kent Sakoda,Jeff Siegel
Publisher: Bess Press
ISBN: 9781573061698
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 120
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Devoted to a serious description of Pidgin origins and grammar, this work on Pidgin grammar does not require knowledge of linguistics. This reference is useful for anyone wanting to know more about this unique language of the Hawaiian Islands.

Pigeons

The Fascinating Saga of the World's Most Revered and Reviled Bird
Author: Andrew D. Blechman
Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press
ISBN: 9780702236419
Category: Pigeons
Page: 239
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They have been worshipped as fertility goddesses and revered as symbols of peace. Domesticated since the dawn of humankind, they have been crucial to wartime communications for every major historical superpower from ancient Egypt to the United States and are credited with saving thousands of lives. One delivered the results of the first Olympics in 776 BC and another brought the news of Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo more than 2500 years later. Charles Darwin relied heavily upon them to help formulate and support his theory of evolution. Yet today the pigeon is reviled as a rat with wings. How did we come to misunderstand one of humanity's most steadfast companions? In Pigeons, Andrew D. Blechman travels across the United States and Europe in a quest to chronicle the bird's transformation from beloved friend to feathered outlaw.

Pidgin to Da Max


Author: Douglas Simonson,Pat Sasaki,Ken Sakata
Publisher: Bess Press
ISBN: 9781573062503
Category: Humor
Page: 200
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An alphabetical guide to words and phrases in Hawaiian Pidgin English, with comic strips illustrating usage.

Man on Fire


Author: Stephen Kelman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408843188
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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A powerful and touching novel from the Booker-shortlisted author of Pigeon English 'A writer of considerable talent' Financial Times I was beating the life out of Bibhuti with a baseball bat when my first monsoon broke? John Lock has come to India to meet his destiny. He has fled the quiet desperation of his life in England to offer his help to a man who has learned to conquer pain, a world record breaker who specialises in feats of extreme endurance and ill-advised masochism. In answering Bibhuti's call for assistance, John hopes to rewrite a brave end to a life poorly lived. But as they take their leap of faith together, and John is welcomed into Bibhuti's family, and into the colour and chaos of Mumbai, he learns more about life, and death, and everything in between than he could ever have bargained for.

The Pigeon


Author: Patrick Süskind
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0241975336
Category: Fiction
Page: 96
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The Pigeon by Patrick Süskind is dark and haunting tale from the author of the bestselling Perfume - now available in ebook for the first time Set in Paris and attracting comparisons with Franz Kafka and Edgar Allan Poe, The Pigeon tells the story of a day in the meticulously ordered life of bank security guard Jonathan Noel. Noel who has been hiding from life since his wife left him for her Tunisian lover - when he opens his front door on a day he believes will be just like any other, he encounters not the desired empty hallway but an unwelcome, diabolical intruder . . . This tense, disturbing follow-up to the bestselling Perfume is a modern classic novella from the much-acclaimed Patrick Süskind

Pigeon English

Collection of Poems
Author: N.A
Publisher: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
ISBN: 9788172762223
Category: Indic poetry (English)
Page: 147
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Gay-Neck

The Story of a Pigeon
Author: Dhan Gopal Mukerji
Publisher: Dutton Childrens Books
ISBN: 9780525304005
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 191
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The story of the training of a carrier pigeon and its service during the First World War, revealing the bird's courageous and spirited adventures over the housetops of an Indian village, in the Himalayan Mountains, and on the French battlefield.

In a Strange Room

Three Journeys
Author: Damon Galgut
Publisher: Emblem Editions
ISBN: 0771035977
Category:
Page: 192
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For readers of Ian McEwan, Paul Auster, and J.M. Coetzee,In a Strange Roomis the intricate, psychologically intense, and deeply personal book of fiction from the internationally acclaimed, Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author ofThe Good Doctor. A young man named Damon takes three journeys, through Greece, India, and Africa. To those who travel with him and those whom he meets on the way — including a handsome enigmatic stranger, a group of careless backpackers, and a woman on the edge — he is the Follower, the Lover, and the Guardian. Yet, despite the man's best intentions, each journey ends in disaster. Together, these three journeys will change his whole life. A book of longing and thwarted desire, rage and compassion,In a Strange Roomis the hauntingly beautiful evocation of one man's search for love and a place to call home.

Dave Pigeon (Nuggets!)


Author: Swapna Haddow
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571324444
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 176
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This book is in Pigeonese. The following words are a test: cats smell of farts and cabbage. Could you read all the words? Are you sure? Do you want to try that fourth word again? If you managed to read ALL those words, you may turn the page . . . Dave Pigeon is BACK! And so is his side-kick Skipper. But trouble is afoot. When their Human Lady leaves to go on a 'holiday' (whatever that is), Dave and Skipper are horrified to find that their food supply quickly runs dry. With delicious biscuits on their minds, they set off in search of a new owner - but is Reginald Grimster all he seems? Why is he so keen on feeding them? And why does he have so many books about cooking . . .? Another hilarious installment in the Dave Pigeon series from Greenhouse Funny Prize winner Swapna Haddow, brilliantly brought to life with Sheena Dempsey's illustrations.

The Pigeon Tunnel

Stories from My Life
Author: John le Carré
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0735220794
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
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“Recounted with the storytelling élan of a master raconteur — by turns dramatic and funny, charming, tart and melancholy.” -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times The New York Times bestselling memoir from John le Carré, the legendary author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Spy Who Came in from the Cold; and The Night Manager, now an Emmy-nominated television series starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie. John le Carré’s new novel, A Legacy of Spies, is now available. From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, le Carré has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his first memoir, le Carré is as funny as he is incisive, reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. Whether he's writing about the parrot at a Beirut hotel that could perfectly mimic machine gun fire or the opening bars of Beethoven’s Fifth; visiting Rwanda’s museums of the unburied dead in the aftermath of the genocide; celebrating New Year’s Eve 1982 with Yasser Arafat and his high command; interviewing a German woman terrorist in her desert prison in the Negev; listening to the wisdoms of the great physicist, dissident, and Nobel Prize winner Andrei Sakharov; meeting with two former heads of the KGB; watching Alec Guinness prepare for his role as George Smiley in the legendary BBC TV adaptations of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley’s People; or describing the female aid worker who inspired the main character in The Constant Gardener, le Carré endows each happening with vividness and humor, now making us laugh out loud, now inviting us to think anew about events and people we believed we understood. Best of all, le Carré gives us a glimpse of a writer’s journey over more than six decades, and his own hunt for the human spark that has given so much life and heart to his fictional characters.

Contemporary Fictions of Multiculturalism

Diversity and the Millennial London Novel
Author: M. Perfect
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137307129
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 221
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Contemporary Fictions of Multiculturalism analyses novels of the late 20th and early 21st centuries that explore ethnic and cultural diversity in London. It contributes to key, ongoing debates in literary and cultural studies and, in particular, to debates over the status and relevance of multiculturalism today.