Rachel’sRandomThingsBlogTour Locks by Ashleigh Nugent Jamaica/ Mixed Race/ Roots

THE BOOK:

LOCKS: A Story Based on True Events

“1993 was the year that Stephen Lawrence got murdered by racists, and I became an angry Black lad with a ‘chip on his shoulder’.”

Aeon is a mixed-race teenager from an English suburb. He is desperate to be understand the Black identity foisted on him by racist police, teachers, and ‘friends’. For want of Black role models, Aeon has immersed himself in gangsta rap, he’s trying to grow dreadlocks, and he’s bought himself some big red boots.

And now he’s in Jamaica.

Within days of being in Jamaica, Aeon has been mugged and stabbed, arrested and banged up.

Aeon has to fight for survival, fight for respect, and fight for his big red boots. And he has to fight for his identity because, here, Aeon is the White boy.

Purchase Links

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/LOCKS-Story-Based-True-Events-ebook/dp/B08JCZ9D71/

Orders also available from: www.newsfromnowhere.org.uk

MY THOUGHTS:

This is a hard book to describe. The blurb says it is a story based on true events. Is it non-fiction or a novel. I would describe it as a non-fiction novel. It is the story of Aeon, a mixed race teenager. He is targeted by racists as being black. This comes from teachers, classmates and others in authority, such as police etc.

To live up to the seemingly black stereotype Aeon has immersed himself in gangsta rap and try to grow dreadlocks and dress like a black youth should.

To further forge his black identity he finds himself in Jamaica. He finds himself a stranger in a strange land. He has been mugged, stabbed and arrested.

This is an important book. It is eye opening story telling. It is at times humorous and heart breaking. It draws the reader into Aeons head and never lets go. Far from finding his identity Aeon finds himself more at a loss than ever. This is a story like no other. Enjoyable and recommended.


Author Bio –
Ashleigh Nugent has been published in academic journals, poetry anthologies, and magazines. His latest work, LOCKS, is based on a true story: the time he spent his 17th birthday in a Jamaican detention centre. LOCKS won the 2013 Commonword Memoir Competition and has had excerpts published by Writing on the Wall and in bido lito magazine. Ashleigh’s one-man-show, based on LOCKS, has won support from SLATE / Eclipse Theatre, and won a bursary from Live Theatre, Newcastle. The show has received rave audience reviews following showings in theatres and prisons throughout the UK. Ashleigh is also a director at RiseUp CiC, where he uses his own life experience, writing, and performance to support prisoners and inspire change.
Social Media Links –
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LocksBook
Twitter – @LocksBook
Instagram – @locksbook
Youtube Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8TVrX7J2j4

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