With a Violent Debut, He Reveals a London That Is Rarely Seen

According to a phone interview with poet and Booker Prize judge Lemn Sissay, it left him in need of a shower.

He remarked, “I’ve never heard this universe described in such a way. In other words, “It is not trying to contextualise the underclass or try to find reasons for the underclass.”


With a Violent Debut, He Reveals a London That Is Rarely Seen

Typically, the antagonist in novels portraying working-class life is a one-dimensional character invented by a middle-class author, Douglas Stuart, who last year received the Booker Prize for his debut book, “Shuggie Bain.”

In a phone conversation, he remarked, “But Gabriel’s constructed a world so rich in detail, and motive, and consequence. Following its debut in the UK last year, “Who They Was” will be made available in the US this week.

The book is much more than just a sensationalised recounting of a terrible crime, as Krauze argued. He referred to it as a “moral confrontation with the reader” since it helps readers see that not all criminals are driven by a lack of chances or resources, but rather by their own mentality.

In some editions of the book, it’s even simpler to interpret the author’s note than it is in others. I chose to be here, and here I am,” he writes. Perhaps there was something missing from my life that I wasn’t able to locate at home. “Because of how my pals and I met each other,”

Last Words

He was the son of a painter and a newspaper cartoonist from Poland who both resided in northwest London. He grew up nearby in an apartment where his parents worked, while his twin brother spent hours each day honing his violin.

When he was younger, he enjoyed reading nonfiction about World War I and Tolkien; at the age of 13, he determined that he wanted to be a writer.

In the same year, he also threatened with a knife for the first time and saw a stabbing. He recalled, “I was in a young club when someone got poked and there was blood all over the floor from that.