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Uprising: A True Story

As Portrayed on SMALL AXE, A Collection of Five Films

Alex Wheatle

64 pages
SPCK Group

This is the gritty but inspiring true story of the award-winning author Alex Wheatle.

Alex had a tough start in life. He was abandoned by his family as a young child and grew up in a care home. After being expelled from school as a teenager, he was sent to live in a hostel in Brixton.

There, Alex found music and friends but he also got mixed up in drugs and violence. When he was sent to prison for taking part in the Brixton Uprising, Alex’s future seemed hopeless. But then something happened to change his life . . .

This page-turning story from award-winning author Alex Wheatle is part of the Diffusion books range, written especially for adults and teenagers who want to improve their reading skills.

Easy-to-read, with short chapters, the books in the series enable learners to practice their reading skills and build up their reading confidence. They are also a brilliant choice for anyone learning English as an additional language.

The books also include discussion and reflection questions that help readers to understand the story and to reflect on their own lives and relationships.

Buying this book will support our project to help people in prison improve both their reading skills and their life chances. To find out more visit https://spckpublishing.co.uk/diffusion-books

Author Bio

Alex Wheatle is one of the UK’s most popular Black British authors. He has written books for adults and teenagers, including the critically acclaimed Brixton Rock, Crongton Knights and The Humiliations of Welton Blake. He has been awarded an MBE for services to literature and has previously won The Guardian’s children’s fiction prize. In 2020, his story was featured on the award-winning BBC series SMALL AXE, A Collection of Five Films.