Alex Wheatle: Brixton Rock (1912 words)

David Ellis (University of Wolverhampton)
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Brixton Rock was published in 1999 and is Alex Wheatle’s first novel. Wheatle has subsequently published five other novels, a co-authored novel and a young adult fiction novel, with another novel in this genre due for publication in 2016. Wheatle’s novels, while independent narratives, build upon and expand a multi-generational group of characters living in South London that appear throughout his writing. For instance, the narrative events and characters introduced in Brixton Rock are brought to a resolution in what might best be read as its sequel, Brenton Brown (2011). While the motivational themes of identity, family, black culture and institutional racism that underpin Brixton Rock are not evident in e…

Ellis, David. "Brixton Rock". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 February 2016
[, accessed 19 March 2018.]

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