Daily Dose Pick: Forest Gate


Peter Akinti’s harrowing debut novel shines an unflinching light on the disparity of race and class, focusing on East London’s projects with an activist spirit akin to Richard Wright.

Drawing on his experience growing up in the council estate of Forest Gate, Akinti crafts vivid young characters struggling to define themselves amid the chaos of families and communities entrenched in crime. The grit is tempered with an unlikely love story, affirming the power of the human spirit and signaling the arrival of a major new literary talent.

Check out a sample of the novel, read an interview with the author, and buy the book