October 25th 2001
224 pages
B-format paperback
0 9535895 5 2


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Whispers in the Walls by Leone Ross

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The beautiful language of real people. These stories have integrity, sharpness and clarity. This is the real deal

Benjamin Zephaniah

Letters across the ocean tell a family’s story spanning 29 years…A young Asian wife battles the silence that threatens her…In St Kitts, a son tries to pick the lock of his father’s reserve…When cousin Jasvir visits, the world changes for a ten-year-old boy…70s Rasta rhythms reverberate through a teenage love affair…In a defiant return to church, Lauren shows what she’s made of…

Here are 17 stories from the pens and hearts of black and Asian writers in Birmingham. Stories that must be heard: tender whispers of family and rites of passage, harsher whispers of hurt and conflict – the emotions seep into the very walls around us. Sometimes these walls feel like barriers, but still the stories pervade the city and help define its uniqueness. Whispers in the Walls not only illuminates the lives of black and Asian people in Birmingham but addresses all communities – sometimes in rage, sometimes in joy. Refreshing, candid, funny and alive with rhythm – talented voices speak out with diversity and intensity. We tell the stories that show we are here.

Whispers in the Walls is inspiring in content and inception and urgently executed, these tales are told in individual voices which burn to be heard

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Fresh talent from the Midlands comes as no surprise, but the strength and variety of these writers certainly does

Meera Syal

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