'A brilliant read, raw in its emotions and a real eye-opener.'Martina ColeFrom a young age, Chyna saw people all around her in gangs. They had the status, the look and the money. So when girls from a rival school started to bully Chyna and her friends, they decided to take control in the only way they knew how.But the deeper Chyna got into this world, as she became involved with boys and fell in love, the more she discovered the darker side - the vicious drug dealers, the beatings, the guns.It would take a devastating tragedy - one that ripped apart from her world - before Chyna found the courage to leave gangland behind once and for all.PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED IN TRADE PAPERBACK AS FAM 'Rich and dazzling' The Sunday Times This emotional story of a girl born on a tough London estate provides a shocking eye-opener on gang culture . . . gritty and hard-hitting . . . Written in London slang, the story has a real spirit which really shines through.' News of the World 'A scary insight into the lives of youngsters born into poverty in Britain.' Sun'This isn't an expose to ease middle-class guilt. We're not asked to pity Chyna. Nor does FAM seek to glamourise the horrors of gang life. It is, simply, crudely, an account of a side of London you probably know absolutely nothing about and about which very little is written (aside from social care reports). These are the intimidating girls at the back of the bus, the kids storming through shopping centres, the ones who mug you for your phone and purse, the names in the newspaper your eyes sip over following yet another stabbing on a council estate.'Time Out
Thirteen-year-old Estelle lives with her cousins, Ray and Harry, under the care of their guardian, Uncle Graylon. In the year 2300, Estelle enjoys living at the beautiful Lakeside apartments on Mars. The air has been breathable for almost fifty years. She has fun, playing with the fish in their beautiful lake. Estelle and her cousins are always ready to travel to different parts of Mars. Once they visited the "face" formation. They didn't even know the formation until they saw it from an airship - with the light shining on it in just the right way. Estelle even tolerates the Sun-Storm drills that they have every week. She remembers, four years ago, a Solar Wind only dug up a few bushes and snapped a few trees. This one is different. Now they must begin a new adventure - how to get out of Mars, with no airships.
John Buchan was a Scottish author and Unionist politician who served as Governor General of Canada.He wrote a series of books that follow the adventures of Richard Hannay, an expatriate Scot who was first introduced in the classic novel The Thirty-Nine Steps.
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